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Understanding the Report

For PSSA, all grades with performance diagnostic data for the selected subject are listed in the table. For Keystone, all content areas are listed in the table. For each grade or Keystone content area, the table displays growth values for each predicted performance level group from the LEA/District Performance Diagnostic reports. Values are displayed for the most recent year and for previous years, when available. In each cell in the table, the first value is the growth value. The value in parentheses is the number of students in that predicted performance level group.

The table is color-coded based on whether the data suggests the group of students exceeded, met, or fell short of the growth standard, on average.

Color Indicator

Growth Measure Compared to the Growth Standard


Light Blue

At least one standard error above

Moderate evidence that the group exceeded the growth standard.


Between one standard error above and one standard error below

Evidence that the group met the growth standard.


More than one standard error below

Moderate evidence that the group did not meet the growth standard.



The group did not have enough students to generate a growth measure.

For more information about the achievement groups, growth values, and colors, see LEA/District Performance Diagnostic: Understanding the Report.

By default, the data is organized by grade for PSSA and by content area for Keystone. You can sort the data by the growth value for any group. To sort by the growth values for the most recent year, click the year link for the group you're interested in. To sort by the growth values for previous years, click the Prev link for the group you're interested in.

To view the data for a different test or subject, choose from the Tests/Subjects tab in the blue menu bar at the top of the report.

To view the LEA/District Performance Diagnostic report for any grade or Keystone content area, click on the appropriate link in the table.

Filtering by Student Group

By default, the report includes all the LEA/district's students in the selected grade and subject, Keystone content area, or college readiness test who had sufficient data. Use the Add Student Groups filter to view the report for a subset of students. The list of filters is based on the demographic data in the state assessment files.

To filter the list of students included in the report, click Select Student Groups above the table. In the Student Groups window, you can choose any combination of race, sex, and demographic groups.

If you choose more than one group within a category, the report includes students who are in either group. For example, if you choose Black and Hispanic, the report includes both Black students and Hispanic students.

If you choose multiple groups across categories, the report includes only students who are in the selected groups in all categories. For example, if you choose Male and IEP, the report includes only males who are identified as receiving special education services.

When you are finished making selections, click Submit. The report includes only those groups of students you selected.

Even when viewing a filtered group of students, placement of students into the achievement groups is still based on students' relative achievement to students in the reference group in the selected grade and subject or Keystone content area.