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All PVSD Schools Met PSSA Testing Requirements

All seven Perkiomen Valley School District schools have made "Adequate Yearly Progress" - the measure use in "No Child Left Behind."

The Perkiomen Valley School District (PVSD) has announced that all seven of its schools met the state requirement for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), used in Pennsylvania to determine whether schools are meeting benchmarks for No Child Left Behind.

Students in PVSD between third and eleventh grade took the PSSA, the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, evaluating math and reading proficiency.

To make AYP in each PVSD school,  at least 78 percent of each school's students were proficient or advanced in math, and 81 percent of the students were proficient in reading. These numbers are an increase from last year's requirements - 67 percent for math and 72 percent for reading. By 2013-2014, targets will be set at 100 percent proficiency in both areas, according to the PVSD press release.

Schools are also expected to meet attendance and graduation rate requirements - the attendance rate in each PVSD school was at least 90 percent, with a graduate rate of at least 85 percent.

All PVDS schools also met the requirements for participation and measured subgroups, including race, special education, english language learners and disadvantaged students also met the target.

mark smerkanich September 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM
So by the end of next year, EVERY student in Perk Valley will be proficient. 100% in both math and reading. Wow! And if not, then can we expect the return of George W Bush and his NCLB underfunded mandate in another form? I'm all for accountability but at some point we need to get past basics and into higher levels of thinking. Too much of students' time is used for test preparation for our state's infamous PSSA tests. Scores have become talking points and bragging rights with few questioning the validity and need for all the testing.
BunnyFooFoo September 25, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Schols?
Brittany Tressler (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Not Schols! Thanks for pointing that out, I fixed it!
Lee October 03, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Adequate is not a good word. I noticed they misuse "proficiency" as well in the school's annual report. Get the feeling administrators are playing with words.

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