Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Two New Sports, PSSA Results in Pottsgrove

Photo by Evan Brandt
Perhaps it was appropriate that Ringing Rocks second graders demonstrated their expertise with Xtra Math during Tuesday's Pottsgrove School Board meeting given that the board spent most of the meeting discussing the districts math PSSA scores.

In a rather splendid example of educational synchronicity, second graders from Ringing Rocks kicked off Tuesday's school board meeting by showing how they are using a program called Xtra Math to create a strong foundation for mathematics.

Then, after the students headed home to their beds, the school board spend the better part of two hours reviewing the district's PSSA, Keystone and AP test statistics.

Some may recall that the PSSA was reset last year, so this is the first year since then that a comparison of the most recent scores with the previous years is relevant.

What the latest results showed, in general terms, is that English scores are "stagnant" and math scores need some work, said Daniel Vorhis, the district's director of curriculum and instruction.

The board also agreed to hire an instructional coach that was included in the budget, and to add two new sports to Pottsgrove's line up.

With a unanimous vote, the board added bowling and girls volleyball to the athletic line-up.

Here are the Tweets from the meeting ....

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