As promised in October, now with the update of the School Performance Profile website, I will begin making additional comparisons from SPP information, starting with High Schools. I included in this list neighboring Pequea Valley and Solanco High Schools, from Lancaster County.
The first look is a full break down, sorted by highest to lowest scoring. This is then followed by smaller lists that compare High Schools with the highest numbers of Economically Disadvantaged, English Language Learners, and Special Education students.
High School Academic Score Downingtown STEM Academy 101.4 Unionville HS (Unionville-Chadds Ford) 97.9 Great Valley HS 97.6 West Chester Henderson HS 95.7 Downingtown Area HS East 95.5 Conestoga SHS (Tredyffrin/Easttown) 95.5 West Chester Bayard Rustin HS 94.3 Downingtown Area HS West 93.0 West Chester East HS 91.1 Kennett HS 88.9 Owen J. Roberts HS 87.9 Avon Grove HS 83.5 Pequea Valley HS (Lancaster County) 82.7 Phoenixville Area HS 74.4 Oxford Area HS 72.9 Octorara Area JSHS 72.2 Solanco HS (Lancaster County) 71.6 Coatesville Area SHS 65.0
Highest Economically Disadvantaged
This list includes all High Schools with a percentage of Economically Disadvantaged Students greater than 25%.
High School Academic Score Econ Dis Kennett HS 88.9 29.82% Pequea Valley HS (Lancaster County) 82.7 30.26% Oxford Area HS 72.9 36.09% Octorara Area JSHS 72.2 33.39% Solanco HS (Lancaster County) 71.6 32.58% Coatesville Area SHS 65.0 48.98%
Highest English Language Learners
Included here are High Schools that have a percentage of English Language Learners greater than 1%.
High School Academic Score Eng Lrners West Chester Henderson HS 95.7 1.53% West Chester East HS 91.1 1.81% Kennett HS 88.9 9.03% Avon Grove HS 83.5 2.35% Phoenixville Area HS 74.4 1.07% Oxford Area HS 72.9 3.22% Coatesville Area SHS 65.0 1.78%
Highest Special Education
Below are the High Schools with a percentage of Special Education Students greater than 15%.
High School Academic Score Spec Ed Conestoga SHS (Tredyffrin/Easttown) 95.5 15.02% Kennett HS 88.9 15.42% Coatesville Area SHS 65.0 16.32% Owen J. Roberts HS 87.9 16.78% Octorara Area JSHS 72.2 16.97% Downingtown Area HS East 95.5 18.29% Downingtown Area HS West 93.0 20.26% Oxford Area HS 72.9 33.55%
The argument against comparing Octorara to all other Chester County schools is always that it is not comparing apples to apples. Octorara has obvious challenges that the Unionville-Chadds Ford Area School District just does not have.
From the Pennsylvania School Performance data, the High Schools that look the most like Octorara are Oxford Area High School and Solanco High School (Lancaster County), with Kennett High School and Pequea Valley High School (Lancaster County) coming real close. Kennett has their own unique challenges with, by far, the largest number of English Language Learners in Chester County.
Where Oxford Area High School stands out is that their percentage of Special Education Students is roughly twice that of Octorara, and their number of English Language Learners is more than 3 times that of Octorara. Yet, the Oxford Area High School is achieving a similar SPP Score.
Chester County Averages (for High Schools)*
- SPP Score – 86.7
- Economically Disadvantaged – 18.14%
- English Language Learners – 1.53%
- Special Education – 14.58%
In the discussion of return on investment, we talk about the cost per-student vs performance scores. I believe somewhere in the discussion should be the cost per-student for each performance point. Does that make sense?
* Special Note: This was mistakenly labeled. The averages contain each of the High Schools within the CCIU, plus the two Lancaster County Districts noted.