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PSSA Scores Put Some Council Rock Schools on Warning

As a whole, Council Rock School District made adequate yearly progress in 2012, but a few schools within the district have been placed on warning status by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as not enough students demonstrated grade-level pr

PSSA Scores Put Some Council Rock Schools on Warning

Council Rock School District achieved adequate yearly progress in 2011-12, according to recent PSSA results published on the Pennsylvania Department of Education's website, but several schools were placed on warning status or School Improvement 1.

Adequate yearly progress or AYP is how the federal law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), measures the achievement of public schools across the nation.

In Pennsylvania, public school students in grades three through eight as well as students in grade 11 take standardized reading and math tests known as the PSSA each spring.

Students then receive scores of below basic, basic, proficient or advanced based on the results of these standardized tests.

Every year the percentage of students expected to demonstrate proficiency grows. This growth will continue until 2014, when NCLB calls for 100 percent of students to test at a level of proficient or higher.

In 2011-12, Pennsylvania called for 78 percent of students in districts and schools to score proficient or above on the math test and 81 percent of students to score proficient or above in the reading assessment. 

The AYP requirements are meant to measure whether schools or districts are making sufficient progress towards the year 2014 goal of 100 percent proficiency.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Council Rock High School North, Council Rock High School South and Richboro Middle School did not make AYP for 2011-12. 

CR North and the middle school were placed on warning, which means that they did not meet AYP measures for the first time in the current year. The schools have another year to achieve AYP measures.

CR South was placed on School Improvement 1, which means that the school did not meet AYP measures for two consecutive years in the same subject. School officilas will develop an improvement plan to turn the school around and will receive technical assistance to help get it back on track.

Click on the .pdf to view a graphic representation of the meaning of the state's different AYP designations.

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