The 2010 PSSA results are in and they show that the school district is making progress toward meeting the NCLB goal of 100% proficiency. Students at RASD are achieving at all time high levels. In Math, 83% of the students are proficient. In Reading 70% of the students are proficient. The district leadership team and teachers have analyzed the data further and have identified area of concentration. First, the school district is focusing efforts on Literacy Training at all grade levels. Literacy is a “gatekeeper” skill and the district must assure that students have the highest literacy capabilities. Second, the school district is focusing on making sure special education students are exposed to the same rigorous curriculum as the rest of the students. Finally, the school district is pleased with the progress in math scores. The increase can be attributed to a focus on researched based instructional strategies, formative assessment, and a collaborative culture utilizing professional learning communities. These activities will be further expanded to continue RASD’s rise in test scores. You can view a presentation that I gave to the school board about the PSSA results here. The presentation gives much more detail about the PSSA scores and shows comparisons to other schools in the region.