U.S. News: Octorara’s School Profile

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.

Octorara News Week Ranking

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.


6 thoughts on “U.S. News: Octorara’s School Profile

      • US News is hardly reputable for its rankings, but there are some nice numbers on there too.
        Octorara’s performance on AP exams is average or above average compared to the rest of the nation. They are draw large amounts of motivated students. The participation rate is actually pretty good for the nber and difficulty of the AP courses offered. Remember, these are college classes taken in high school.

      • As I stated on another post: The comparison is being done in relation to Chester County schools to provide a reference for Return On Investment. Octorara teachers are paid at a rate higher than county, state, and national averages. I know your a young guy, and may not fully understand the property tax situation. However, no matter what the comparison, we are paying more and getting less.

        U.S. News’ reporting of the data is impartial. A number of Chester County schools ranked high in both the state and nationally. Even you suggested good teachers need an incentive to work. Currently, Octorara teachers are being paid at a high rate, and not performing for that high rate. Cut their pay to the rate paid to Oxford teachers, and the district could afford more teachers and services to help students.

  1. I guess the teachers salary rates are part of the main problem all around. I think Octorara may end up getting shut down because they are going to lose the state funding for having poor averages in the state.

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