State report frustrates Franklin Regional officials
School administrators across the state — including those at Franklin Regional — are frustrated with the rollout of a new form of school-performance data.
The state Department of Education on Friday released its School Performance Profiles, a series of “report cards” that are part of a new accountability system designed to replace No Child Left Behind. The release was slated for Sept. 30 but was delayed when officials of more than 20 percent of schools statewide complained about the data. Despite the delay, local officials still were frustrated with the new tool.
“We're concerned about the reliability and accuracy of this data,” Superintendent Jamie Piraino said.
Franklin Regional officials withheld the performance data for the high school from Friday's public release because they think the information is incorrect, Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac said. A bug in the state's computer system showed that middle school scores also were withheld, but that wasn't true, Reljac said.
The problems aren't limited to secondary schools. While performance profiles for all three FR elementary schools include overall scores, Reljac said those numbers are lower than those that were sent to districts on Monday.
That was frustrating, Reljac said.
She isn't the only school official unhappy with the site, which has a pop-up dialog box notifying visitors that some information is erroneous.
“What good does that do, though?” said Jim Buckheit, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators. The organization lobbied the state to postpone the site's release until all data could be added and verified.
“We're frustrated by the lack of communication, clarity and the time frame we were given to approve the data they submitted on our behalf,” he said. “To knowingly release the new system with errors is a totally inappropriate way to represent our schools.”
Reljac said the information was difficult to verify for local districts. But that isn't the only problem. She questions the idea that schools are judged by a number.
“Although the School Performance Profile provides information about our schools, it still reduces a school to a single number,” Reljac said. “No school, just like no student, is just a number.”
Reljac said district officials want to share student-performance information with the community, but administrators aren't sure this is the best way.
Staff writer Megan Harris contributed to this report. Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627.
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.
- Morton inconsistent, Bucs’ bats quiet in 5-0 loss to Rockies
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin mum on Bryant suspension
- Pirates notebook: Burnett encouraged by extended simulated game
- Rossi: Beleaguered Steelers need MVP from Big Ben
- Outdoors notices: Aug. 31, 2015
- Big plays cost Steelers defense in preseason loss at Bills
- Fayette County man killed in ATV accident
- Penn Hills fire displaces 10
- Pennsylvania welfare employees targeted in crackdown
- Pitt star running back Conner remains grounded despite success
- Patience serves as virtue amid prospect Glasnow’s quest for majors