Boone test scores exceed Pa., national averages

The Daniel Boone School Board awarded the Keystone Academic Achievement Awards to five of its six buildings on Jan. 14.

Amity Primary Center, Amity Intermediate Center, Birdsboro Elementary Center, Monocacy Elementary Center and Daniel Boone Middle School all received awards for two consecutive years of AYP (adequate yearly progress).

AYP is required through the No Child Left Behind Act and is measured by student performance on the Pennsylvania State School Assessment (PSSA) test and other criteria.

District Superintendent Dr. Gary L. Otto said the four criteria examined from the PSSA tests for the AYP are school attendance rate, test performance results (achieving performance), test participation rate and high school graduation rate.

The High School is currently on the state Department of Education “School Improvement” list due to not meeting math and reading academic performance for IEP/special education students.

In order to meet AYP for 2011-12, districts were required to have a 78 percent proficiency rate in math and an 81 percent proficiency rate in reading.

All public schools are expected to meet 100 percent proficiency in math and reading by 2014.

“The PSSA test results that came out last year, Daniel Boone’s math score was first in the county and sixth in reading, and both scores are continually going up due to the programs that are in place,” said board member and Chairperson of the Curriculum & Instruction Committee Walter P. Sheehan.

“Congratulations to the math and reading departments for bringing up these scores,” said Sheehan, adding, “This is good data and good things, but they compare this year’s third grade to last year’s third grade. One of the biggest problems is that it is comparing different sets of students.”

“The district‘s SAT scores are at state levels or higher,” said Sheehan, “and, AP (Advanced Placement) scores, which are free credit for a student going to college - with the exception of chemistry and an art program - our average AP scores exceed both the state and national average, and in math they far exceed.”