Our assessments are more than just tests. They are integral tools for gathering information about student progress, strengths, and weaknesses in order to provide the best possible education.
As a public school, PA Virtual must adhere to all mandated state testing processes and procedures set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This includes:
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA): Standardized tests that measure a student’s proficiency in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. Results also assist schools in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of their academic programs. In accordance with Act 22, the Pennsylvania Charter School Law, all of our students in grades 3 through 8 are required to take the PSSAs.
Keystone Exams: End-of-course assessments designed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra, Literature, and Biology. The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania’s high school graduation requirements.
Families are responsible for bringing their PA Virtual student(s) to all required state testing. PA Virtual organizes testing sites around the state, strategically selected so that families are not required to travel more than a 50 mile radius. PA Virtual offers approximately 35 sites across the Commonwealth for your convenience. Please see a sampleschedule below that provides past testing locations for your reference.