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2012 PSSA Scores Mean 'School Improvement' for EHS

The district does well overall but there are weak spots.

Of the 10 public schools in the East Penn School District, only four made annual yearly progress (AYP) as indicated in the 2012 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) examinations given earlier this year.

The four that made the grade include Alburtis, Jefferson, Lincoln and Willow Lane elementary schools.

Seven Generations Charter School also met its annual yearly progress for the 2011-2012 school year.

Several of the schools achieved AYP in all but one of 11 categories that were considered for the overall score.

For example, Wescosville, Macungie and Shoemaker elementary schools and Eyer and Lower Macungie middle schools received warnings because of one weak score.

Emmaus High School was the only one of the 10, however, that was ranked "School Improvement I," a designation issued when a school fails to meet annual yearly progress targets for at least two consecutive years.

"School choice and supplemental education services are offered for schools in School Improvement," according to definitions issued by the state.

For the 2011-2012 school year Pennsylvania Department of Education targets were to have 78 percent of students proficient or advanced in math and 81 percent proficient or advanced in reading compared to 67 and 72 percent, respectively for the previous year.

The percentage of students who met academic standards by school include:

              Math        Reading   Alburtis Elementary 84.8 78.7 Jefferson Elementary 79.9 81.5 Lincoln Elementary 80.3 78.4 Macungie Elementary 87.3 82.8 Shoemaker Elementary 87.2 82.5 Wescosville Elementary 83.5 83.9 Willow Lane Elementary 85.3 87.9 Eyer Middle School 89.8 88.7 Lower Macungie Middle School 84.2 82.1 Emmaus High School 67.2 80.6 East Penn School District Total 82.8 83.3 Seven Generations Charter School  69.2 69

Some results that may seem below the state's cut off still represent successful results because special conditions including Safe Harbor and Confidence Interval exceptions have been applied. Some of these allow for schools to meet AYP because they have significantly -- by 10 percent or more -- increased the percentage of below-proficient students.

ted.dobracki September 28, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Good points. Parents often choose charters for their children because they are diaffected at their school of residence. A Kennedy School of Government award winning study done by the University of Indianapolis also showed that students whose parents picked charter schools in that region gained more than their peers who remained in the original schools, although they didn't make up all of their "inherited" deficit at the charter.
An LMT guest September 28, 2012 at 01:26 AM
The variety of school demographics can be staggering between schools and even between classroom. So by your logic, special education teachers should be fired? Right? That is the ignorance of what you are saying. Oh, and the teacher who has the high-level math kids- well then they should obviously get a raise. Or a teacher at the high school who works really hard teaching mostly honors and AP level classes should totally get paid more than a teacher who is working equally as hard with exceptional students. Oh and the teachers working in urban areas---- well they should be held to the same standards as suburban districts, even if their kids might not know where they will be sleeping that night, where their next meal is coming from, or when the next time is they will witness violence. And that is no exaggeration or dramatization. It's what they are dealing with all the time. But don't worry, these teachers seldom last long anyway, because they burn out. My district was not Camden, but it was no East Penn, and I can't tell you hard I worked. The schools in poorer urban areas are also way more likely to have enough students to comprise the different subgroups that NCLB examines, while schools in more affluent areas don't always have enough kids meeting a particular demographic (free and reduced lunch, ESL, minority populations, etc.) to form a subgroup. The schools have to make AYP for each of the subgroups or they------ actually wait....
An LMT guest September 28, 2012 at 01:28 AM
as should be and
An LMT guest September 28, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Why am I speaking to points that you obviously don't understand? Like I said do a little research. Don't worry the soapbox will be waiting.
ted.dobracki September 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM
There has to be a typo here. I don't really believe that 1/3 of EHS students didn't pass this test.

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