Troy Area School District superintendent happy with Profile scores
TROY - The Troy Area School Board heard some good news this week about the district's scores under the new Pennsylvania School Performance Profile rating system.
During the board's meeting Tuesday, district superintendent W. Charles Young provided a presentation to board members about the district's scores. They can be found at www.paschoolperformance.org on the state Department of Education website.
The system is based on a zero to 100 point scale, said Tim Eller, press secretary for the state Department of Education.
W.R. Croman Primary School had a score of 74.9, which Young said is where he expected it to be.
He also said it had an excellent attendance rate, at 95.33.
Troy Intermediate School's score was 81.8, which Young said is "a very good job."
He said the school did an excellent job in attaining this score.
The Department of Education website shows that the TIS students did especially well in science/biology, scoring 90.20, in this area.
One downside is that the TIS writing score, which Young said was "terrible," was 51.30. Young said steps will be taken to teach writing better to students.
The TIS students scored 69.21 in reading/literature and 79.55 in math/Algebra I.
Young noted that TIS had "outstanding growth."
The school had an attendance score of 95.51.
The high school did "pretty good" with a score of 80.1, Young said. Students were solid in everything except science/biology, with a score of 61.27 in this area. Also concerning was the students' score in the area concerning the SAT/ACT/PSAT, Young said.
When asked how these areas would be addressed, Young stated, "By continuing to shift in the curriculum towards PA Core Standards that the Keystone test is based upon."
Other scores at the high school were 78.29, mathematics/Algebra I; 76.52, reading/literature; and 74.74, writing.
Young said the high school students who took the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) exam at the Northern Tier Career Center did a great job.
Compared to the AYP measure, Young said that the new Profile is "far better" and with this measure, you're "getting all the nuances." He spoke in response to a question from board member Bill Hansell, who asked which measure Young thought was better.
"I think this gives us a much better slice of the pie than we were seeing before," Young said, noting that he enjoyed giving the staff some good news.The new system measures school accountability in place of the Adequate Yearly Progress measure. Pennsylvania received a flexibility waiver to the No Child Left Behind Act this summer, eliminating AYP as the primary measure for federal accountability.
Under the SPP rating system, schools are rated based on student performance on state examinations, competency and proficiency assessments; the meeting of academic growth expectations; and other academic indicators, including graduation and attendance rates.
The score will also take into account the percentage of closure of the "achievement gap" between high-performing and under-performing groups of students, starting with the current school year.
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