Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Oops, Pottsgrove Did it Again: Title 1 Reward School

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the Pottsgrove School District:

This time last year, Pottsgrove School District received the news from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) that all of Pottsgrove’s elementary schools were identified as Title I Reward Schools for their high levels of achievement. 

To be included in this category, schools must be the highest 5 percent of Title I schools (based on aggregate Mathematics and Reading proficiency for PSSA and/or Algebra I/Literature for Keystone Exams, as applicable) AND schools must meet all four annual measurable objectives including test participation, closing the achievement gap for all students, closing the achievement gap for historically under-performing students and, if applicable, graduation rates.

Again, this year, all three elementary buildings have been recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as Title I Distinguished Schools for the 2015-2016 school year! PDE used the approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver designation of Reward: High Achievement in addition to other indicators in order to select schools. 

As a result, all buildings will be honored at the 2016 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance
Conference from Feb. 7-10 at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh.

Both Superintendent Shellie Feola and Director of Education and Assessment Daniel Vorhis point out that while the report focuses primarily on the tested subject areas, Pottsgrove has maintained a commitment to its arts, technology, and extracurricular offerings, as they continue to believe that investments in these areas enhance student engagement and advance our mission to educate the whole child to grow up to be productive, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners. 

“Nevertheless, this achievement two years running, in combination with recognition received in our secondary division this fall, provide evidence that our ongoing efforts toward continuous improvement are bearing fruit. We are proud of our students, faculty, staff, and administration” said Feola.

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