Monday, September 25, 2017

School Performance

Beginning in 2013, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania no longer measures a school’s performance based upon Annual Yearly Progress (AYP). The performance of Pennsylvania’s public schools, public charter schools, and full-time comprehensive career and technical centers is now based on the new School Performance Profile (SPP). The Pennsylvania School Performance Profile serves several purposes, including:

  • Providing a building level score for educators as part of the Educator Effectiveness System;

  • Providing parents with comparative measures for schools, neighboring schools, and schools across the state;

  • Informing the public of the academic performance measures of each school, comprehensive career and technical center, cyber charter and charter school in Pennsylvania

  • Offering a resource for LEAs to communicate and compare performance, analyze performance indicators as related to achievement, and encourage best practices.

The School Performance Profile is also used in determining federal accountability status for Title I schools as required by the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

While public schools across the state have previously received designations under No Child Left Behind (e.g., Made Adequate Yearly Progress, Making Progress, Warning, School Improvement, Corrective Action), schools will now receive and academic performance score based upon many data points. Test scores, progress in closing achievement gaps, and degree of student growth over time are factored into the scoring while other identifiers of high achieving schools are also considered: graduation, promotion, and attendance rates as well as evidence of offering rigorous courses factor into the calculation. Schools may also earn extra points beyond the 100 point scoring system for those students who have earned advanced scores on the state, industry, and Advanced Placement Exams.

In addition to the scoring aspect of the site, the public can compare schools within and across the state. For schools, the site also offers supports for schools to consider as they identify needs in the academic profile.

Bear Creek Community Charter School utilizes the School Performance Profile as one measurement of operational performance, but also reviews class performance on the annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, undertakes an annual survey of parents, and randomly surveys Bear Creek Community Charter School graduates to solicit important feedback that allow us to determine our overall success.

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment
Parent Satisfaction