Chartiers Valley, South Fayette receive state school scores
Local school districts’ grades declined slightly, according to data released from the state Department of Education from the 2013-14 school year.
Available at paschoolperformance.org, School Performance Profiles are weighted to reflect statewide student exams; overall academic growth; graduation, attendance and promotion rates; and performance factors for English-language learners and children from low-income homes.
They replace Adequate Yearly Progress goals mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Chartiers Valley School District’s score dropping 5.38 points, leaving them with a score of 80.78.
The only increase in the district came from Chartiers Valley Primary School which rose 2.4 points to 87.8.
The intermediate school had one of the largest decreases in Allegheny County, dropping 13.6 points to 68.1.
Superintendent Brian White said the data highlights some successes and challenges for the district but was displeased with the delay of it being released.
“By the time the data was released in November, the school year was well underway and most of our planning for the year had been done. It would have been more helpful to have received the data earlier in the year so we could have used the data in a public manner to help guide our planning,” he said.
Last year, Acting Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq twice delayed school scores because of a testing error that led to mistakes for 20 percent of the state’s 3,000 schools. Final results were posted two months after the website’s October launch.
South Fayette Township School District saw its overall score dip 2.70 points from 89.77 to 88.78. The biggest score change occurred at the middle school which dropped 7.60 points this year to 84.3. The only increased score in the district came from South Fayette Elementary School which rose 2.5 points to 96.5 this year.
District administrators were unavailable for comment.
Grades for Pennsylvania public schools dropped marginally in 2013-14, data from the state Department of Education show.
School performance results from 2012-13 show nearly 73 percent of schools received a 70 or higher on a 100-point scale, about half a percentage point higher than in 2013-14. Statewide, no county’s grade rose or fell more than five points from its average in 2012-13.
Butler County schools led the pack regionally, with institutions in Indiana, Washington and Allegheny counties each scoring above the state 76-point average.
Alex Felser is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Megan Harris contributed.