Some school grades up, some down in PDE’s final school performance profiles
Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) presents data for how each district and school is doing.
Since the passage of Act 82 in 2012, the school performance profile (SPP) has been PDE’s way of providing information about student achievement and progress. This is the last year the SPP will be used. The state has announced that it will move to the Future Ready PA Index.
The district’s high school “building level academic scores” — the numeric indicator of SPP — published in 2017 were:
¯ Eisenhower Middle High School — 69.4;
¯ Sheffield Area Middle High School — 69.3;
¯ Warren Area High School — 61.8; and
¯ Youngsville High School — 61.6.
At the elementary level, the district’s BLA scores were:
¯ Eisenhower Elementary School — 78.2;
¯ Warren Area Elementary Center — 62.9;
¯ Sheffield Area Elementary School — 60.1; and
¯ Youngsville Elementary Middle School — 58.4.
Beaty-Warren Middle School is the only district school broken out specifically at the middle level. Its BLA score was 72.1, which is about the same as its 2015-2016 score of 71.8.
Scores for Tidioute Community Charter School are also posted. The TCCS BLA was 60.7, continuing its upward trend since 2014-2015.
At recent school board committee meetings, Youngsville High School Principal Amy Beers explained to the board how it could be that her school’s BLA score was the lowest among the district’s four high schools, while its most recent Keystone standardized test scores (given to juniors) were the highest.
The test scores are not the only factor in determining the building level academic score that is the single numeric indicator of SPP.
Factors that go into the score include: academic achievement measured by the Keystone or PSSA test; closing the achievement gap by making progress toward proficiency of all students and historically underperforming groups of students; growth of groups of students from year to year; and other academic indicators like graduation, promotion, and attendance rates.
According to PDE, academic growth contributes 40 percent of the SPP. Testing and achievement gap changes provide 50 percent, and the other academic indicators pitch in 10 percent.
In Youngsville, the percentage of juniors scoring at the proficient or advanced levels on the Algebra I test was the highest in the district at 65.57. It was second highest in both English and science.
Among the other factors, Sheffield is highest in closing the achievement gaps and Eisenhower leads in year-to-year growth and the other academic indicators.
Compared to the last three years of BLA, Sheffield is up and Warren and Eisenhower are down. Youngsville is up over the last two years, but down when compared to 2013-2014.
Eisenhower had the highest BLA, and dominated the testing results and achievement gap closure. It also had the highest year-to-year progress in math and English.
WAEC had the highest grade 3 English scoring and the best growth in science.
The other academic indicators were essentially equal for all schools.
BLA scores at Sheffield and WAEC are up compared to last year. The BLA at YEMS is down.
There is no historical data available for Eisenhower.
The profiles can be found by visiting www.paschoolperformance.org.
The SPP’s Academic Performance Score is the state measure of accountability for public schools in the Commonwealth.
– The scoring system is based upon a 100-point scale although schools may earn extra credit for advanced performance on state and defined national tests.
— Refer to the Executive Summary for the list of elements that comprise the score.
— Refer to the Academic Performance Score Configurations to see how the elements are weighted for various school configurations.
While the School Performance Profile is an information system, it is also a source for defining school improvement strategies. Supports detailed in the SPP are linked to elements of the scoring protocol, and schools are encouraged to analyze data and identify strategies for improvement.
Other information about the district and the schools can by found at the website.
The district’s enrollment is listed as 4,397, with 2,306 boys to only 2,091 girls, almost a 5 percent swing.
The percentage of students classified as economically disadvantaged is 51.7 — or 2,272 students.
The district covers an area of 775.12 square miles.
Future Ready Index
The new school report cards will have an increased focus on “English language acquisition, career readiness indicators, access to advanced coursework, and chronic absenteeism, among others.”
“While Pennsylvania is transitioning to a new school report card next year, providing communities and parents with transparency, accountability, and access to supports and resources remains our number one priority,” Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera said.