There is some talk about an old, 2009 article that mentioned Octorara was one of the best schools in the country. The article admitted it did not consider test scores, extracurricular participation, teacher quality and other factors. What do other sources currently say today? Thanks to Christen P, we know.
This is the link to Octorara’s U.S. News profile: http://www.usnews.com/…
Octorara’s scores so low, that U.S. News did not even give them a ranking number within the State, and they do not sit as one of Pennsylvania’s Top Schools. Why? Because U.S. News looked at the big picture, not just a snippet of data.
Octorara’s test scores are easily visible. In reading, 35% are at or Below Basic. Math proficiency has 43% just at or Below Basic. College Readiness Index score is only a 17.4. The AP classes, which are suppose to mean so much to the school, U.S. News reports there is only 26% participation, and of that only a 57% pass rate.
Disadvantaged Student Performance measures the proficiency on state exams among typically underperforming subgroups. The calculations by U.S. News were the second step in determining which schools qualified to receive medals.
- State Test Proficiency Rate of Black, Hispanic, and Economically Disadvantaged Students: 42.1
- State Test Proficiency Rate of Non-Disadvantaged Students: 64.3
- Current State Test Achievement Gap: -5.8
- Performance Gap of Black, Hispanic, and Economically Disadvantaged Students: -22.2
“It is the greatest good to the greatest number of people which is the measure of right and wrong.” Every school has its anecdotes about successes and heroes. However, the measure of a school is how it performs for the majority.