No more Adequate Yearly Progress benchmarks at Gateway schools
Gateway schools, as well as schools across the state, no longer will get AYP report cards.
Pennsylvania last week became the 41st state to receive a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind mandates that require all students — regardless of ability — to meet proficiency goals on state standardized tests.
Instead of having to meet Adequate Yearly Progress benchmarks, schools will be required to decrease the percentage of students not meeting state standards in math and reading by half.
Gateway High School failed to meet benchmarks established by the state Department of Education in 2012 and became one of 55 schools in Pennsylvania to require a second consecutive year of corrective measures.
As a result, Gateway officials were required to submit a plan to the state that outlines how they would improve student performance.
The state evaluated the performance of not only the entire student body but of categories of students, as well.
Five such subgroups — black students, multiracial students, economically disadvantaged students, special-education students and those for whom English is a second language — failed to meet standards at the high school during the 2011-12 school year.
Gateway School Director Skip Drumheller said this week that students should be judged on more than just test scores.
“A fair evaluation system is more than just a written test,” Drumheller said.
“Are they employed, are they doing OK at work, are they going on to school, are they going to the military?”
Linda Hippert, executive director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, is critical of how Pennsylvania judges student achievement.
“In Pennsylvania, we are still looking at how students grow based on a single test. There is no other factor placed in that.”
Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Report: Shoddy computer security allowed access for nebbing in Monroeville
- Monroeville police asked to crack down on panhandlers
- Retail theft attempt turns violent in Monroeville store parking lot
- Pitcairn’s Young Hotel for sale
- Officials eye remedy for collapsed pipe that caused Monroeville flood
- PennDOT deal clears way for Monroeville road repairs