The hard data: Scores down at every level
by Paul Socolar on Sep 21 2012 Posted in Latest news
(Updated, 2:30 p.m.)
The line graphs for the School District are all trending downward.
As the state today finally presents its 2012 PSSA results and report on schools meeting federal targets for adequate yearly progress, the School District has provided its annual breakdown of student performance on the state exam.
- Link to District results and press release
- Link to state results and press release
- Link to state AYP report with school-by-school results
- Link to PSSA scores by school (excerpted from state data)
The declines in proficiency rates on last spring's test range from as much as 17 points for 3rd graders in math to as little as 1 point for 11th graders in both reading and math. For the most part, the lower the grade level, the steeper the decline.
Superintendent William Hite, in his first week on the job, called the results "clearly disappointing."
The release of the District and state results today was dominated by discussion of the ongoing statewide investigation of cheating. District officials cite both new test security protocols and budget cuts as possible causes of the decline. In Philadelphia, teachers were for the first time not allowed to proctor their own classroom. Statewide, there were stricter protocols around handling the tests, and scores overall declined statewide.
In Philadelphia, every grade level and demographic group, including English language learners and special education students, saw proficiency rates go down.
Overall, proficiency rates dropped 9 points in math, to 49.1 percent, and 7 points in reading, to 44.5 percent.