Carlynton Jr./Sr. High School taken off low-performing list
Carlynton Junior/Senior High School is no longer on the state's list as a lowest-performing school.
Edward Mantich, the district's test coordinator, curriculum supervisor and data coach, made the announcement at the school board meeting June 25.
Mantich said the efforts of the faculty and staff at the junior-senior high school made it possible for students to achieve better scores in English language arts and math.
The state uses scores either from the Keystone Exams, PASA or PSSA to determine the performance of each school. Mantich said the junior-senior high school is at a disadvantage because the scores at both the junior high and senior high grade levels are combined to get an average score. The school was the only building in the district to be on the list.
Mantich said the staff looked at test data and curriculum offerings to develop ways to help students improve.
“It's a credit to the faculty and staff. They worked very hard,” Mantich said.
The removal of the lowest-achieving school designation also ends eligibility in the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program. Students living within the boundaries of a low-achieving school are eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend another public or nonpublic school.
Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.