Friday, September 30, 2011

2011 PSSA results released

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Posted on Fri, Sep. 30, 2011
Fewer Pennsylvania schools meet state standards, but students show improvement
By Dan Hardy, Kristen A. Graham, and Dylan Purcell
Inquirer Staff Writers
Fewer schools in Philadelphia and its suburbs met state standards than last school year, state data show, while students statewide showed a slight improvement.
The higher school failure rate this year reflects the fact that the state increased its Adequate Yearly Progress benchmark in math from 56 percent to 67 percent of students passing and in reading from 63 percent to 72 percent.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education Thursday released the PSSA test scores for the 2010-11 school year that measure academic progress. 
Fewer than half of the schools in the Philadelphia District met state performance standards while more than four out of five schools in the suburbs met the mark.
Search below for Pennsylvania School of School Assessment results for all schools and districts statewide including Philadelphia and its suburbs. 

4 districts in Allegheny county fall short on standardized test
Thursday, September 29, 2011
By Mary Niederberger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has released the results of the 2010-11 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests and four districts in Allegheny County -- Duquesne, McKeesport Area, Sto-Rox and Woodland Hills -- did not meet the federal standard for adequate yearly progress.

Educators, Pa. lawmakers wait for Gov. Corbett to act on charter schools
WHYY Newsworks September 28, 2011 By Mary Wilson
Pennsylvania lawmakers are pressing Gov. Tom Corbett to take the lead on charter schools.
A coalition of public charter schools are calling on lawmakers to approve bills that would reform how the schools are administered.

Beaver County superintendents hope collective voice creates change
Issue joint position paper on charters and vouchers
Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 7:26 pm
By Bill Utterback butterback@timesonline | 2 comments
Superintendents at 15 Beaver County school districts authorized a position paper urging Pennsylvania legislators to create charter school, cyber charter school and school voucher policies that better address challenges faced by public schools.
The letter, authorized by superintendents of every county district but Midland, was sent to county legislators and other state representatives earlier this week, according to Freedom Area Superintendent Ronald Sofo.  "We have to develop a system that's right for everybody," Sofo said.

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