Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Education released School Performance Profile scores that measure the academic progress of 2,860 public schools across the state, writes Kathy Boccella for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
According to the data, Chester County is home to the top-performing public school in the entire state, as Unionville High School’s score of 101.6 was the best in Pennsylvania.
Among schools in southeastern Pennsylvania, the Downingtown STEM Academy checked in at No. 5, while West Chester’s Bayard Rustin High School was No. 6.
In the annual assessment, each school receives a score up to 100 based on standardized testing, student improvement over the previous year, graduation rates, and other factors. A few outstanding schools can achieve scores above 100 with the help of “extra credit.”
The scores are available online at PaSchoolPerformance.org.
Matt Stem, deputy secretary for elementary and secondary education, stressed that the scores primarily reflect the results of the 2016 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) for elementary and middle schools and the Keystone exams for high schools.
Since the inception of the school “snapshot,” Pennsylvania’s top scorers have come from the Philadelphia suburbs.
The PSSA test in English/Language Arts and Math is administered annually to third- through eighth-grade students. Fourth graders and eighth graders also take a science exam. The Keystones test high school students in algebra I, biology, and literature.
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