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By Chris Foreman
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

A school-performance profile released by state officials last week shows that Penn-Trafford High School earned the second-highest score among Westmoreland County high schools.

Only Hempfield Area's score of 93.2 topped Penn-Trafford's 90.1. Neighboring Franklin Regional and Norwin scored 89.2 and 85.4, respectively, while Jeannette had the third-lowest score at 64.2.

Statewide, nearly 73 percent of public schools from the elementary level to high school scored at least 70, which is the benchmark for evidence that a school achieved student growth.

“If you're getting into the 90 rating, you're doing very well,” Penn-Trafford High School Principal Scott Inglese said. “I think we'll hold our own against any school in the county.”

The release of the high school's score — and a score of 80 for Penn Middle School — were among a batch of scores suppressed by about 620 schools statewide since October.

School officials said previously compiled data was inaccurate because of some administrative issues related to coding on the new Keystone Exam.

Pennsylvania has developed a new scoring system that replaces the “annual yearly progress” goals that were associated with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

State officials describe the school profiles as an “integral part” of the teacher- and principal-evaluation system.

Inglese said the new scores put more emphasis on student growth instead of performance on a standardized test.

At the high school level, for example, the score includes factors such as a school's graduation rate, student Advanced Placement scores and college credits earned, and PSAT participation, he said.

Other scores in the district include: Harrison Park Elementary, 78.7; Level Green Elementary, 80.7; McCullough Elementary, 90.4; Sunrise Estates Elementary, 83.2; Trafford Elementary, 77.5; and Trafford Middle, 79.4.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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