Lower Dauphin

School District

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the state Department of Education successfully petitioned the federal government in August 2013 to replace the district and school report cards required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act with a new PA School Performance Profile.

The PA School Performance Profile serves several purposes:
  • Provide a building level score for educators as part of the Educator Effectiveness System
  • Provide parents with comparative measures for schools, neighboring schools, and schools across the state
  • Inform the public of the academic performance measures of each school, comprehensive career and technical center, cyber charter and charter school in Pennsylvania
  • Offer a resource for schools to communicate and compare performance, analyze performance indicators as related to achievement, and encourage best practice
    • Employ as an analysis tool to inform goal setting, planning, and allocating resources to improve student achievement 
    • Compare performance to local schools 
    • Compare performance to schools with similar demographics 
    • Communicate performance to various constituencies
PA School Performance Profile
The score for a school is based upon indicators that define a high performing school. Many data elements contribute to the academic score. These elements are categorized into five areas:

Indicators of Academic Achievement (40%)
  • Percent Proficient or Advanced on Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)/Keystone Exams in Mathematics/Algebra I, Reading/Literature, Science/Biology, and Writing
  • Percent Competent or Advanced on Industry Standards-Based Competency Assessments[NOCTI (a job ready assessment for career and technology center students) and/or NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills certification)]
  • Percent Proficient or Advanced on PSSA grade 3 reading
  • SAT/ACT College-Ready Benchmark
Indicators of Closing the Achievement Gap – All Students (5%)
  • Percent of gap closure met in Mathematics/Algebra I, Reading/Literature, Science/Biology, and Writing
Indicators of Closing the Achievement Gap – Historically Underperforming Students (5%)
  • Percent of gap closure met in Mathematics/Algebra I, Reading/Literature, Science/Biology, and Writing
Indicators of Academic Growth / PVAAS (40%)
  • The PVAAS Average Growth Index
    • A measure of student progress across the tested grade levels in a school in Mathematics/Algebra I, Reading/Literature, Science/Biology, and Writing
Other Academic Indicators (10%)
  • Cohort graduation rate
  • Promotion rate
  • Attendance rate
  • Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College Credit
  • PSAT/Plan participation
Extra Credit for Advanced Achievement (up to 7 points)
  • Percent Advanced on Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)/Keystone Exams in Mathematics/Algebra I, Reading/Literature, Science/Biology, and Writing
  • Percent Advanced on Industry Standards-Based Competency Assessments [NOCTI (a job ready assessment for career and technical center students) and/or NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills certification)]
  • Percent scoring 3 or higher on Advanced Placement Exams

Fast Facts
The Profile also contains a “Fast Facts” section which provides demographic and other relevant information for each component. District Fast Facts include such items as district enrollment, number of schools, average years of educational experience, and geographic size of district. Links to related agencies, such as career and technical centers and intermediate units, are available. School Fast Facts include similar information but are school specific (e.g., school enrollment, average years of educational experience, school enrollment data).
 

 
 
 
 
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