Pennsylvania School Performance Profile
LEHIGHTON AREA SCHOOLS SHARE PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL PEFORMANCE PROFILE - A BROAD VIEW OF STUDENT ACADEMIC PEFORMANCE
Lehighton Area School District announced during November that the LEA will use data from Pennsylvania’s School Performance Profile (SPP) to more comprehensively assess the academic performance of each of its schools. Public schools will now receive an academic performance score. In the past our schools previously received a No Child Left Behind designation. An online public portal, the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile will now provide demographic data, academic data, and an academic performance score for public schools in the state.
Unlike previous measures of our schools, the School Performance Profile utilizes many data points to measure our schools’ academic strength. While we receive a score for our schools, the more important aspect of this resource is that it allows us to acknowledge our strengths and use the profile as a tool for student improvement.
The School Performance Profile academic performance score is based not only on test scores but many other factors that signal student achievement. A student growth factor measures how well students are progressing toward proficiency in state assessments. Also measured are graduation and attendance rates, degree of rigorous course offerings at the secondary level.
Many data elements come together to create the academic performance score. A score is reported for each school and is based upon indicators that define a high performing school in Pennsylvania. These elements are categorized into five areas.
Using the data through the PA School Performance Profile, it provides us with a broader lens to view the academic performance in our schools. Our staff is using this data along with other information to more fully evaluate the programs and services provided to students.
Our schools welcome an additional view of academic performance. We as a district, administrators, and teachers are always open to new tools and strategies to further enhance data-informed decision making in our schools.
Access to the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile is available at www.pde.state.pa.us or through the district portal at www.lehighton.org. If you have any questions, regarding this matter, please feel free to contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 610-377-4490 ext. 1540.
Timothy M. Tkach
Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction, & Grants