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Individualized Education Program (IEP) Assessment Changes

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

October 1, 2012



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From: John J. Tommasini, Director, Bureau of Special Education

Subject: Individualized Education Program (IEP) Assessment Changes

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has initiated state assessment changes for the 2012-13 school year.  The Bureau of Special Education is revising Section IV-State and Local Assessments to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to reflect these changes.

The assessment changes to the IEP are listed below:

  • The PSSA-Modified is no longer offered as a state assessment and has been removed from the IEP.  If a student was assessed on the PSSA-M in 11th during grade in 2011-12 school year, and was not proficient, the PSSA-M retest for the 12th grade student will be available this fall.
  • The 11th grade PSSA will no longer be offered as a measure of adequate yearly progress under No Child Left Behind and has been removed from the IEP.  The Algebra I, Literature and Biology Keystone Exams will replace the 11th grade PSSA as a measure of adequate yearly progress beginning this school year.  The Composition Keystone Exam will be available in the 2014-15 school year.  Algebra I, Literature, Biology and Composition have been added to the IEP.
  • The PSSAs for reading and writing will transition to a combined assessment of English Language Arts in the 2013-14 school year for grades 3 through 5 and in the 2014-15 school year for grades 6 through 8. English Language Arts has been added to the IEP.
  • Beginning with the Class of 2017 the passage of the Chapter 4 regulations, the Keystone Exams will serve as a graduation requirement per Chapter 4 regulation.  However, 22 PA Code 4.24(e):
    • Special education students. Children with disabilities who satisfactorily complete a special education program developed by an Individualized Education Program team under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and this part shall be granted and issued a regular high school diploma by the school district of residence. This subsection applies if the special education program of a child with a disability does not otherwise meet the requirements of this chapter.

The revised Section IV of the IEP will be available on the PDE’s website and on the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) website.  This revised section of the IEP may be phased in but must be fully implemented by April 30, 2013.