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School Performance Profiles Released

October 14, 2016 

Dear Palisades School District Community:

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) released the School Performance Profile (SPP) scores for the 2015/2016 school year for every school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Palisades school SPP scores are listed below:

Palisades High School - 90.9

Palisades Middle School - 61.8

Tinicum Elementary - 83.1

Springfield Elementary - 62.1

Durham Nockamixon Elementary - 71.8

The School Performance Profile score is calculated based primarily on state standardized tests (PSSA and Keystone), but also include indicators such as attendance and promotion rates. At the high school level, the SPP includes additional indicators such as SAT performance, NOCTI scores for our career & technical students, and AP courses offered. Scores and calculations can be accessed here.

In 2013, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania adopted more rigorous standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics. These standards are called the PA Core Standards, based heavily on the Common Core Standard. In 2015, the PSSA tests were redesigned to align with them. SPP scores were not issued for elementary and middle schools last year to provide districts with time to adjust to the new tests. The 2016 PA Core-Aligned PSSA scores are included in the 15/16 SPP calculation.

As you can see, SPP scores vary across buildings and levels here in Palisades. Similar variation exists in our neighboring districts. Our district and building administrators have been analyzing our state test results since they were released to us over the summer, and as they do each year, each building is developing a plan for improvement based on those results. These plans include examining our curriculum, instructional practices, and interventions. They also include opportunities for teachers to engage in professional development, including sharing effective practices with colleagues across the district.  The school improvement plans will be made publicly available in January, and will be presented at the Education Programs and Services Committee of the Board on Wednesday, January 11th at 7pm in the high school audion. Please consider attending if you are interested in learning more about our improvement plans.

Although state tests are one measure of the quality of our schools, there are certainly many others. On Tuesday, October 11th, Dr. Kieres presented a broad picture of academic achievement and college/career readiness in Palisades to the Education Programs and Services Committee. It can be accessed here. Additionally, we continue to value those measures of success that are less easily quantified, such as: school safety, breadth of academic and elective offerings, high quality career and technical education, extracurricular opportunities, and school culture and climate. I welcome and appreciate your feedback and suggestions on our current programs and services.

If you have any questions or concerns about student achievement in your child’s school, please contact your child’s principal.

Kind regards,

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Dr. Bridget O’Connell