Gateway School District scores high on state 'report card' despite disadvantages
Gateway schools all had passing grades on the recently released state “report cards” known as School Performance Profiles.
The profile scores are based on data such as standardized test results, students' academic growth, attendance rates and other criteria drawn from the 2016-17 school year.
While dropping a couple of points from the 2015-16 report, Gateway High School led the district with a score of 87.6. Gateway High's profile score ranked it seventh out of Allegheny County's 42 high schools.
The largest improvement was shown at University Park Elementary, which went from a 2015-16 score of 65.9 to 85.2 this year — an improvement of more than 19 percent. All seven district schools scored at least 74 this year.
What makes the scores impressive is the district has a high number of economically disadvantaged students, a group that historically under performs academically, Superintendent Bill Short said.
“I can't explain to our constituency and this board how many phone calls we have received from school districts inquiring about what we are doing and how we're doing it — and the scores we are achieving,” Short said at a school board meeting in November. “We have areas of weakness, like math at the middle school level, to improve upon. But we're doing some incredible things.”
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer.