We have been waiting for the Pennsylvania Department of Education to release their School Performance Profile Scores. At the end of September, PDE did release PSSA and Keystone scores. However, they were still working on the SPP scores which take into account more data points, including academic growth, graduation rates, SAT/ACT college readiness, and more. Those of us who are concerned about Octorara;s academic achievement and growth, and follow these numbers, are going to be disappointed but not surprised.
Today’s post shows the building level scores, makes some comparisons with other districts, and gives those data points that I feel are the most disturbing. However, I encourage every parent and taxpayer to review each report on the state website. This article only touches on a few of Octotara’s shortcomings and it is not a complete picture. It is best that you personally evaluate these reports unfiltered, without the political spin and Clintonesque language used by some Administrators and some other members of the Octorara Area School Board.
Octorara’s Building Level Academic Scores
Key takeaways from the Octorara’s Academic Performance reports:
- Each school FAILED to meet the state minimum score of 70 – Currently, the PLC’s number is not being reported.
- District-wide, Octorara is FAILING at Math and Reading – The average combined building score for both PSSA and Keystone tests is 45.68 for Math/Algebra and 59.78 for ELA/Literature. Regardless, none of the buildings reached the minimum standard of 70.
- Octorara starts out well with Science but quickly drops like a rock. – The Elementary School (3rd and 4th Grades) received a score of 80 for Science, but the score drops to 51.16 for Science/Biology at the JSHS.
- Octorara 3rd Grade Reading is not improving – The 3rd Grade Reading Benchmark is critical for student success, and the District falls short of minimum standards.
|Octorara Area JSHS||62|
|Octorara El Sch||67.4|
|Octorara Intermediate Sch||68.7|
|Octorara Primary LC*||N/A|
2016 High School Academic Score Comparisons
Here are some takeaways from the comparisons of Chester County High Schools (plus Pequea Valley and Solanco)
- The median Building Level Academic Score score is 89.9 – This means that roughly 50 percent of compared High Schools scored above 89.9. The Octorara Area JSHS score is 27.9 points lower than the median.
- The average Building Level Academic Score score is 85.4 – Octorara scored 23.4 points lower than the average score for the High Schools in this comparison.
- 83.3 percent of High Schools met or exceeded minimum standards.- Only 3 schools did not meet the state minimum academic score of 70: Solanco, Octorara, and Coatesville.
- 7 High Schools (39 percent) improved their academic score – Phoenixville HS receives the award for most improved, increasing their score by 8.8 points.Second was Pequea Valley HS with an increase of 4.5 points.
- The average high school score dropped only 1.3 points – Octorara JSHS has the greatest decline, losing 10.2 points. Coatesville’s is the second worst decline, losing 7.5 points.
- Economically Disadvantaged Students are NOT to blame for Octorara’s poor performance – Pequea Valley HS has 39.68 percent Economically Disadvantaged versus Octroara HS’s 31.43 percent.
|Unionville HS (Unionville-Chadds Ford)||101.6||97.9|
|Downingtown STEM Academy||98.3||101.4|
|Downingtown Area HS West||95.6||93.0|
|West Chester Bayard Rustin HS||95.3||94.3|
|Great Valley HS||94.3||97.6|
|Conestoga SHS (Tredyffrin/Easttown)||91.4||95.5|
|West Chester East HS||90.9||91.1|
|Downingtown Area HS East||90.7||95.5|
|West Chester Henderson HS||90.1||95.7|
|Pequea Valley HS (Lancaster County)||87.2||82.7|
|Owen J. Roberts HS||86.9||87.9|
|Phoenixville Area HS||83.2||74.4|
|Avon Grove HS||77.7||83.5|
|Oxford Area HS||76.5||72.9|
|Solanco HS (Lancaster County)||69.0||71.6|
|Octorara Area JSHS||62.0||72.2|
|Coatesville Area SHS||57.5||65.0|
Please Note: the High Schools in bold are those who share a border with the Octorara Area School District.