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PSSA Scores Put Some Council Rock Schools on Warning

As a whole, Council Rock School District made adequate yearly progress in 2012, but a few schools within the district have been placed on warning status by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as not enough students demonstrated grade-level pr

Council Rock School District achieved adequate yearly progress in 2011-12, according to recent PSSA results published on the Pennsylvania Department of Education's website, but several schools were placed on warning status or School Improvement 1.

Adequate yearly progress or AYP is how the federal law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), measures the achievement of public schools across the nation.

In Pennsylvania, public school students in grades three through eight as well as students in grade 11 take standardized reading and math tests known as the PSSA each spring.

Students then receive scores of below basic, basic, proficient or advanced based on the results of these standardized tests.

Every year the percentage of students expected to demonstrate proficiency grows. This growth will continue until 2014, when NCLB calls for 100 percent of students to test at a level of proficient or higher.

In 2011-12, Pennsylvania called for 78 percent of students in districts and schools to score proficient or above on the math test and 81 percent of students to score proficient or above in the reading assessment. 

The AYP requirements are meant to measure whether schools or districts are making sufficient progress towards the year 2014 goal of 100 percent proficiency.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Council Rock High School North, Council Rock High School South and Richboro Middle School did not make AYP for 2011-12. 

CR North and the middle school were placed on warning, which means that they did not meet AYP measures for the first time in the current year. The schools have another year to achieve AYP measures.

CR South was placed on School Improvement 1, which means that the school did not meet AYP measures for two consecutive years in the same subject. School officilas will develop an improvement plan to turn the school around and will receive technical assistance to help get it back on track.

Click on the .pdf to view a graphic representation of the meaning of the state's different AYP designations.

Albert H. Lindsay Ed.D. September 29, 2012 at 11:22 PM
this is why Chicago teachers went on strike,you can not evaluate teachers on test scores.Test scores our only worth while providing there is a level playing field.example various IQ in different schools,various cultural backgrounds,Aslo is special Ed included in the equation.
Ashish Sitapara MD September 30, 2012 at 06:22 PM
As both a Richboro Junior and CR North grad 91', this is very surprising and upsetting. It goes against everything we know about CRHSs, including their exceptional results over the years. It almost makes me question the validity of the PSSA if Council Rock doesn't score well. However I dont buy the argument about cultural backgrounds, and varying IQs and standardized tests. Top notch global education systems use standardized testing and those countries consistently rank better that the United States in academic performance. I also am strongly in favor of standardized testing as I went through decades of it to become a doctor. However I am curious to learn the context of how and why CRs flagship skills did so poorly. Especially if I plan to send to my kids to them.
wordsmith October 01, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I recently entered the Council Rock School District and have a child in North. When I went through the orientation for new families, the guidance counselors bragged about the school's high scores in everything. They were unapologetic in stating their teachers teach to the test and the kids were well prepared for them. We were from a school that embraced learning, critical thinking skills and process over outcomes (not that grades didn't matter, of course, it just wasn't above everything else). It's shocking to learn that Council Rock has come up so short. If you say you're all about the test, then fail to meet or exceed expectations, then what are parents supposed to think? Clearly, they are not what they say there are. The emperor has no clothes. Maybe, i need to rethink my child's options for high school.
Andrea405 October 03, 2012 at 08:48 PM
There are many factors for the lower scores. Frankly, I'm not surprised because the reputation has brought families far and wide to the district but that does not always mean their children have the highest aptitude. CRSouth includes an area with many multi family/condo/townhomes. This affordability brings greater access to all. Another factor is the pressure these kids have to be in organized school and non-school activities. Add that to TV, Video,UTube, Txting, jobs, you name it, there is so many diversions for the high school student that academic work is not a priority and the kids are burned out! My son goes to CRSouth and is a freshman. Thank g-d he scored above and proficient on everything from 8th grade, but I see that the classroom and school is VERY overcrowded. It's up to each student to reach out to teachers and NOT the other way around, unfortunately. The teachers need to reach out to ALL students- make regular after class appts for even the "good" kids. When the students see they are more than a face in the crowded class there will be improvement.

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