I have the very raw numbers from the PSSA tests…I am very pleased. I will offer you a brief review. I have spent about four hours looking through the data today, but I need another four or five to really get a deep understanding of the data.
For a recap: The PSSA tests are a required test under the No Child Left Behind law (all public schools must take them). Students can score in one of four categories: Advanced, Proficient, Basic and Below Basic. Schools must have 63% of the students in the upper two categories in Reading, and 56% of the students in those categories in Math. Those percentages will increase next year.
Overall, 83% of our students (students in grades 3,4,5,6,7,8, and 11) on the Math test scored advanced or proficient (an increase of 9% compared to last year). 70% of our students scored advanced and proficient in Reading (an increase of 1% compared to last year).
The largest increase in scores occurred in 11th grade. Last year 43% of the students scored proficient or advanced on the test, while this year 75% scored that high. In 7th grdade, 93% of the students were advanced or proficient in math...a really good number!
The staff and the students worked very hard this year to achieve these results. I am very proud of them. I also believe that the focus the school board has placed on student achievement and instruction has helped