The School Performance Profile: The Pennsylvania Department of Education developed the School Performance Profile to provide the public with comprehensive information about the academic performance of public schools; to satisfy requirements of Pennsylvania’s approved federal No Child Left Behind waiver; and to be used as a required component of Pennsylvania’s new educator evaluation system, which was signed into law in 2012. The profile does not only rely on static achievement results of the third- to eighth-grade Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSA) and end-of-course Keystone Exams, but considers other measures of student academic achievement. Additional indicators include how much a student grows academically from one school year to the next, as shown by the Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System; graduation rate; attendance rate; promotion rate; and how a school focuses on increasing the achievement of all students, including historically under performing students, such as English language learners and economically disadvantaged students.
Pennsylvania’s federal No Child Left Behind waiver eliminated the adequate yearly progress designation– a single measure of success – for each school building and school district.The School Performance Profile, which uses multiple measures of student achievement, takes its place and will be used to measure academic progress of all public schools.
Title I schools, those with a high percentage of low-income students, will receive a federal designation of “Priority,” “Focus” or “Reward” based on four annual measurable objectives:
Student participation on the math and reading PSSAs and the algebra I, biology and literature Keystone Exams; Student graduation or attendance rate; Closing the achievement gap of all students – reducing by 50 percent the number of students who score below grade level on the PSSA, Keystone Exams and the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) over a six-year period; and Closing the achievement gap of historically under performing students – reducing by 50 percent the number of students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged and English language learners who score below grade level on the PSSA, Keystone Exams and the PASA over a six-year period.
“Reward” schools are the highest performing Title I schools based on the PSSAs and Keystone Exams and met each of the Annual Measurable Objectives. These schools will receive the Keystone Award and be eligible to compete for collaboration and/or innovation grants.
Schools designated as“Priority” or “Focus” will have access to intervention and support services through the state Department of Education to assist them in improving student achievement.
Non-Title I schools will receive a School Performance Profiles score rather than a federal designation,but will also have access to all the interventions and supports available.
Through the use of the School Performance Profile, Pennsylvania citizens will be able to determine the quality of the educational programs in their schools and how students are performing.