Schools’ Performance Tracked

Pennsylvania’s School Performance Profile system website has gone live.

Last Friday afternoon, between 2 and 3 p.m., the site went online, providing easy access for parents to review how their children’s school is doing.

The new measure replaces the adequate yearly progress (AYP) system and fulfills the requirements of Pennsylvania’s No Child Left Behind waiver for a performance evaluation.

“We’re very pleased to have this go live,” Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq said during a Friday media conference call. “(It) Sets a new baseline for our Pennsylvania system of accountability.”

While scores are available, the entire system won’t be functional until a December update. The delay was attributed to incomplete data being submitted by approximately 600 schools statewide. During the update, their completed profiles will be available, and the website’s school comparison feature will be unlocked.

“We hope to have the profiles up for the December update,” Dumaresq said. “We want people to have access to a full database.”

While the comparison feature is currently unavailable, county residents can still check out school scores. None of the districts with borders inside of Warren County the Warren County, Titusville Area or Corry Area School Districts are amongst those with incomplete data sets.

Dumaresq gave some perspective on score evaluation during the call.

“For me, 70 starts to be the benchmark for moving toward success.” she said, cautioning that it’s important to evaluate individual areas. “Even schools with scores in the 90s may have areas in need of improvement.”

Scores are calculated out of a total 100 points, but scores higher than 100 are possible with advanced achievement bonuses.

“At this point, it looks as though at least 72 percent of buildings have cleared that benchmark (of 70),” she noted.

In all, the system encompasses more than 4.6 million pieces of data.

She noted individuals checking scores still shouldn’t worry too much about scores below 70, as this is an initial benchmark and student growth is the goal.

“I think the important thing as we set this benchmark is that we see schools improve,” Dumaresq said.

Scores are provided on a building-level basis and the underlying performance measures comprising them, including things like PSSA or Keystone Exam scores and graduation rates, are available for individual review. Information on how those individual performance measures calculate into total scores is also available.

Scores are for the 2012-13 school year.

In the Warren County School District:

Allegheny Valley Elementary School received a 79.8

Beaty-Warren Middle School received an 88.9

Eisenhower Middle High School received a 69.5

Russell Elementary School received a 75.3

Sheffield Elementary School received a 58.6

Sheffield Middle High School received a 74.7

South Street Early Learning Center received an 80

Sugar Grove Elementary School received a 76.6

Warren Area Elementary Center received a 72.6

Warren Area High School received a 78.4

Youngsville Elementary Middle School received a 77.6

Youngsville High School received a 64.9

Tidioute Community Charter School received a 65.4.

The performance reviews and underlying data, as well as calculation methods are available at www.paschoolperformance.org or by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Education website and clicking on the PA School Performance Profile button.