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Pennsylvania Department of Education launches School Performance Profiles


By rblanchard@berksmontnews.com">Rebecca Blanchard, rblanchard@berksmontnews.com

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Education launched the School Performance Profile, replacing the adequate yearly progress designation, Sept. 30.
These profiles will seek to provide an overview of student academic performance in every Pennsylvania public school. Among these profiled schools will be traditional public schools, charter schools, cyber charter schools and career and technology centers.
According to the PDE website, the School Performance Profile will be used for federal accountability for Title I schools under the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver, the new teacher and principal evaluation system.
Through this system, each school within each district will be evaluated and will receive a ‘building level academic score.’
The score for each school is based upon parameters that define a high performing school; many elements are taken into account to determine the score. These elements include indicators of Academic Achievement such as the PSSA’s and the Key Stone exams, closing the achievement gap—all students, closing the achievement gap – historically underperforming students, academic growth / PVAAS, and other areas such as the graduation rate, promotion rate and attendance rate.
The profiles will also include Fast Facts which will provide demographic and other relevant information pertaining to the school. District Fast Facts will include items such as district enrollment, amount of schools, average years of experience, and geographic size of district.