March 1 — 9:15 pm, 2012

New School Performance Index released

The District updated its website with 2011 School Performance Index rankings. It shows that two of the schools just named Renaissance charters increased their scores compared to last year. Creighton and H.R. Edmunds both improved to a score of 8, while Cleveland and Jones remained steady with scores of 9 and 10, respectively.

The new rankings are accompanied by a Frequently Asked Questions document. The document explains that "the SPI compares the current year’s data to the baseline data in 2009 for each school year," making it possible to evaluate a school’s progress or lack of it. How the SPI is calculated based on PSSA scores and other measures is described in detail.

Update: In an email, District spokesperson Fernando Gallard explained that Renaissance Charter Schools from the first two years of the intiative were not included because:

"Schools with only one year of data do not get an SPI rank. The first round of Ren Schools only have one year of data. The second round have no data. (They have data as SDP schools, but we consider them closed). They need two years of data."

Check back for additional info on the SPI rankings in the coming weeks.

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