Six schools honored for test scores

Six schools in the Warren County School District have received special recognition for making AYP, adequate yearly progress, for two consecutive years.

Beaty-Warren Middle School, Sugar Grove, Russell, and Sheffield elementary schools, as well as Youngsville Elementary Middle School and Eisenhower Middle High School, have been awarded the Keystone Achievement Award for their efforts in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.

Administrators were on hand at Monday night’s school board meeting to receive a plaque to take back their school in honor of the accomplishment. Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Gary Weber presented the awards.

“We have a dedicated group of teachers throughout the district that work very hard each day to ensure that students are exceeding the state goals for proficiency,” Weber said on Friday. “The administrators have shown outstanding leadership focused on data driven instruction in the buildings. I also think this is a testament to the community and the support that we have in the schools from parents and community members to provide great educational services to their children.”

This two-year window marks the final year where AYP, at the high school level, is determined through participation in the PSSA, Pennsylvania System of School Assessment. While students at the elementary and middle level will continue to take the PSSAs, high school students will instead take Keystone Exams which “are end-of-course assessment in designated contest areas,” according to PDE. Those exams are aligned to the new Common Core standards.

AYP, or adequate yearly progress, “as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, holds (districts) accountable to students, their parents, teachers and the community,” according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. “The purpose of AYP is to ensure that all student have reading math skills that prepare them for the future.” AYP also requires that schools show progress in attendance, graduation rate and test participation in addition to academic performance.”

The 2011-2012 AYP targets were 78 percent proficiency in math and 81 percent proficiency in reading. Federal statute calls for 100 percent proficiency by the end of next school year.