Beaty-Warren redesignated as School to Watch

Beaty-Warren Middle School is among four schools in Pennsylvania recently redesignated for the second time as a School to Watch. The middle school was initially recognized six years ago.

Beaty-Warren is one of now 41 middle schools in the state named Pa. Don Eichhorn Schools: “Schools to Watch” as part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

Three new schools were added to the 38 middle-grades school previously recognized.

State leaders selected each school based on criteria including: academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structures and processes. In addition, each school has strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement.

The Schools to Watch selection process is based on a written application that required schools to demonstrate how they met criteria developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Schools that appeared to meet the criteria were then visited by state teams, which observed classrooms, interviewed administrators, teachers, students, and parents. They also looked at achievement data, suspension rates, quality of lessons, and student work.

Schools are recognized for a three-year period; at the end of three years, they must demonstrate progress on specific goals in order to be re-designated.

“We congratulate these schools for being in places that do great things for all of their students. These schools demonstrate that high-performing middle-grade schools are places that focus on academic growth and achievement,” said Bruce Vosburgh, president of the National Forum, as well as the PA State STW director. “They are also places that recognize the importance of meeting the needs of all of their students and ensure that every child has access to a challenging, high-quality education.”

The three newest schools as well as the 10 re-designated schools will be recognized at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education State Conference at the Penn State Conference Center in State College on Feb. 24, 2019. They will be recognized nationally with all the other recognized STW schools across the country in Washington D.C. at the National Forum’s National Schools to Watch Conference held June 27 to 29, 2019.