Data and Assessments

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has implemented the School Performance Profile (SPP) as a resource for districts and schools to communicate performance results to various constituencies and assist districts and schools in aligning and focusing resources for continuous improvement.

The score for a school is based upon indicators that define a high performing school. Many data elements come together to create the academic score. These elements are categorized into five areas.

The first three areas represent 50 percent of the school academic performance score:

  • Indicators of Academic Achievement – Include PSSA/Keystone performance, industry standards-based competency assessments, grade three reading proficiency, and SAT/ACT college ready benchmarks.
  • Indicators of Closing the Achievement Gap – All student scores are used to define how well a school is making progress toward proficiency of all students.
  • Indicators of Closing the Achievement Gap – Historically Underperforming Students’ scores are used to define how well a school is making progress toward proficiency. The high needs students are students who have historically not demonstrated proficiency.

This category represents 40 percent of the school academic performance score:

  • Indicators of Academic Growth/PVAAS – Measures the school’s impact on the academic progress of groups of students from year-to-year.

This category represents 10 percent of the school academic performance score:

  • Other Academic Indicators – Assesses factors that contribute to student achievement (e.g., graduation rate, promotion rate, attendance rate).

Schools may earn up to 7 additional points via Extra Credit for Advanced Achievement based upon advanced performance on state and industry assessments, as well as for students earning a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement exam or 4 or higher on an International Baccalaureate exam.

Note 1: Data are displayed for each element if there are 11 or more students represented. This includes all the performance measures used to determine the academic performance score.

Note 2: Closing the achievement gap measures are based on a closure expectation over 6 years. Clicking on an underlined performance measure for closing the achievement gap will display the calculations associated with that measure.
Please take an opportunity to learn more about the schools in our district at PA School Performance.