What is AYP?
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is how the Federal law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), measured the achievement of schools, districts, and states until 2013.

Every subgroup must pass or the entire school fails

  • AYP measured the participation rate in the state assessment system, academic performance, and graduation rate.
  • AYP required the disaggregation of data by different subgroups: White, Native American, Asian, Hispanic, Black, English Language Learners, economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities.
  • All subgroups of 40 or more required the statewide targets in reading and math. Targets were raised each year.  By the 2013-14 school year, 100% of students were expected to test at proficient or higher in order for the District to meet AYP. 

What is the PSSA?
The PSSA is the Pennsylvania State Wide Assessment.  The partial waiver secured by Pennsylvania will continue to use the PSSA as one tool to create the Student Performance Profile.  It also:

  • provides students, parents, educators, and citizens with an understanding of student and school performance.
  • determines the degree to which school programs enable students to attain proficiency of academic standards.
  • provides results to school districts (including charter schools) and Career and Technical Centers (CTCs) for consideration in the development of strategic plans.
  • provides information to state policymakers, including The General Assembly and the State Board, on how effective schools are in promoting and demonstrating student proficiency of the Academic Standards.
  • provides results to school districts (including charter schools) and CTCs based on the aggregate performance of all students, for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and for those without an IEP.

How does this information help me to be informed?
All parents and guardians are encouraged to learn as much as they can about The Pennsylvania State Wide Assessments (PSSA) and School Performance Profile (SPP) so they can become effective advocates for excellence in public education.