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Quaker Valley scores high on state performance report

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 12:02 a.m.

All four of Quaker Valley's schools achieved high scores in the state Department of Education School Performance Profile report, state and district officials said.

Released last week, the report assigns a score — based on a 100-point scale — to every public school in the state. Among items included in the score are standardized testing, Keystone exams, graduation and performance on other tests such as PSAT, SAT and Advanced Placement.

For a school to meet or exceed standard growth achievement, a score of 70 or higher is required.

At Quaker Valley, Edgeworth Elementary School received an 81.4; Osborne Elementary School, 88.1; and the high school, 93.2.

“We are proud of the work that is happening in our schools and classrooms on a daily basis as we meet the individual needs of each student,” Superintendent Joseph Clapper said.

The district's middle school score was suppressed by state officials after district leaders found inaccuracies with Keystone exams, spokeswoman Tina Vojtko said.

However, the district released the middle school score, which recorded a 93.8, she said.

More than 600 schools across the state suppressed data. Some school leaders across the state questioned data accuracy.

“If the School Performance Profile is designed to make a quantitative statement about a school, it is imperative that the data are accurate,” Clapper said.

Avonworth School District leaders suppressed the high school score because of incorrect coding for the Keystone exams, spokeswoman Dana Hackley said.

“If we would have included the (Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System) score, it would not have accurately depicted our profile,” she said. “We will have an opportunity to ensure that the data is correct for the January release.”

Avonworth Elementary recorded a 75.3 score and the middle school recorded an 81.8 score, according to the state database.

The scoring system was developed to offer public information on performance and academic growth, state Department Education officials have said.

Quaker Valley leaders say the data does not tell the entire story of the district's education.

“We have a real and sincere interest in and commitment to developing the whole child – much of which is not quantifiable in a single, building-level score,” Clapper said.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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