Making the Grade: Elementary Schools

School_Clipart_Image_ColorI had wanted to start my evaluation of Octorara with comparisons to other high schools. Unfortunately, many high schools will not have their data until January because of a “coding error” associated with the new Keystone tests. It may be sooner, but the State is saying no later than January 14th. Therefore, I will start with elementary schools.

At the end of this short article is a very long list of elementary schools from across Chester County, with their SPP scores. The average score of all Chester County elementary schools is 86.0. Many Chester County schools scored in the 90s, and very few scored below 80. Octorara’s schools all scored in the 70s.

Each of the three elementary schools, in the Octorara Area School District, are included toward the very bottom of the list. Once again, we find only the Coatesville Area School District schools performing lower overall.

We live in a school district with the highest property taxes, high per-student costs, high labor costs, and high debt. Over and over the question comes down to effective use of the tax dollars invested.

Because the School Board punted the ball last June, we have a built-in property tax increase next year, even before the new budget. However, expect the current $47.5 Million budget to jump to $48.7 Million when the Preliminary 2014-15 Budget is presented in January. It will be a tax increase from 36.6 mills to 38.2 mills, but it could be even more.

If I remember correctly, this school year begins the negotiations for the next Teacher Union contract. As we can see from our current labor costs, the District has done a poor job representing taxpayers. If the Board does not hold the line this time around, we can expect hitting an unprecedented 40 mills in just a few years.

We need to start expecting more from the tax dollars we pay.

SPP Building Level Academic Scores

SCHOOL DISTRICT & GRADES SCORE
Shamona Creek El Sch (Downingtown SD, K-5) 97.7
Bradford Hgts El Sch (Downingtown SD, K-5) 96.1
Unionville El Sch (Union-ChaddsF SD, K-5) 95.3
Pickering Valley El (Downingtown SD, K-5) 94.9
Glen Acres El Sch (West Chester SD, K-5) 94.7
New Eagle El Sch (Tredyffrin-E, K-4) 94.3
Hillsdale El Sch (West Chester SD, K-5) 93.7
Valley Forge El Sch (Tredyffrin-E, K-4) 93.4
Limerick El Sch (Spring-Ford SD, K-4) 93.3
Hillside El Sch (Tredyffrin-E, K-4) 93.2
Penn Wood El Sch (West Chester SD, K-5) 93.1
Devon El Sch (Tredyffrin-E, K-4) 92.9
Kathryn D. Markley El (Great Valley SD, K-5) 92.5
Greenwood El Sch (Kennett Cons SD, 1-5) 92.4
Brooke El Sch (Spring-Ford SD, K-4) 92.4
French Creek El Sch (Owen J Roberts, K-6) 92.2
Mary C Howse El Sch (West Chester SD, K-5) 91.9
Charlestown El Sch (Great Valley SD, K-5) 91.9
Fern Hill El Sch (West Chester SD, K-5) 91.8
Uwchlan Hills El Sch (Downingtown SD, K-5) 91.6
West Bradford El Sch (Downingtown SD, K-5) 91.6
East Bradford El Sch (West Chester SD, K-5) 91.4
East Vincent El Sch (Owen J Roberts, K-6) 90.8
Royersford El Sch (Spring-Ford SD, K-4) 90.4
Westtown-Thornbury El (West Chester SD, K-5) 90.1
Oaks El Sch (Spring-Ford SD, K-4) 89.7
North Coventry El Sch (Owen J Roberts, K-6) 89.3
West Vincent El Sch (Owen J Roberts, K-6) 88.9
Brandywine-Wallace El (Downingtown SD, K-5) 88.7
East Goshen El Sch (West Chester SD, K-5) 88.7
East Pikeland El Sch (Phoenixville SD, 1-5) 88.1
Sarah W Starkweather (West Chester SD, K-5) 87.9
Pocopson El Sch (Union-ChaddsF SD, K-5) 87.6
Chadds Ford El Sch (Union-ChaddsF SD, K-5) 87.3
Hillendale El Sch (Union-ChaddsF SD, K-5) 87.3
Lionville El Sch (Downingtown SD, K-5) 87.3
New Garden El Sch (Kennett Cons SD, 1-5) 87.0
East Coventry El Sch (Owen J Roberts, K-6) 86.5
Beaver Creek El Sch (Downingtown SD, K-5) 86.3
Bancroft El Sch (Kennett Cons SD, 1-5) 86.2
Exton El Sch (West Chester SD, K-5) 86.0
Hopewell El Sch (Oxford Area SD, 5-6) 85.6
Sugartown El Sch (Great Valley SD, K-5) 85.4
General Wayne El Sch (Great Valley SD, K-5) 85.2
Schuylkill El Sch (Phoenixville SD, 1-5) 84.9
Evans El Sch (Spring-Ford SD, K-4) 84.5
Avon Grove Intrmd Sch (Avon Grove SD, 3-6) 84.1
Beaumont El Sch (Tredyffrin-E, K-4) 83.3
Penn London El Sch (Avon Grove SD, K-2) 82.1
Elk Ridge School (Oxford Area SD, 1-2) 80.4
Upper Providence El Sch (Spring-Ford SD, K-4) 80.4
Nottingham Sch (Oxford Area SD, 2-4) 80.2
East Ward El Sch (Downingtown SD, K-5) 79.4
Barkley El Sch (Phoenixville SD, 1-5) 78.8
Kings Highway El Sch (Coatesville SD, K-5) 78.1
Octorara Primary LC  (Octorara Area, K-2)  77.8
Octorara El Sch  (Octorara Area, 3-4)  75.1
Spring City El Sch (Spring-Ford SD, K-4) 72.9
Octorara Intermediate (Octorara Area, 5-6)  72.8
Friendship El Sch (Coatesville SD, K-5) 69.3
East Fallowfield El Sch (Coatesville SD, K-5) 67.7
Rainbow El Sch (Coatesville SD, K-5) 67.5
Reeceville El Sch (Coatesville SD, K-5) 65.9
Caln El Sch (Coatesville SD, K-5) 57.6

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