School Performance Profiles

A Look at Achievement & Growth

During the Study Session on November 9, 2017, Dr. Jamie Whye, Assistant Superintendent, spoke to the Board about school performance, achievement, and growth. Her presentation and notes are available below. Also available are two fact sheets. The first answers frequently asked questions related to the School Performance Profiles and the second provides a brief summary of this assessment tool.  Parents are encouraged to take a few minutes to review these files.

Pennsylvania School Performance Profiles are released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for each public school in the state.  This public site provides an academic performance score with several purposes in mind: 

  • to inform the public of school performance
  • to provide a building level score for educators as part of their evaluation system
  • to allow the public to compare schools across the state
  • to give schools a methodology to analyze their strengths and needs

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 an 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.  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.

West Shore is proud of its students’ academic and extracurricular successes.  Rather than looking at any single score or report, parents are encouraged to review all of the information provided about their children’s schools.  Individual school profiles and newsletters as well as the District’s comprehensive plan provide information for parents who are interested in learning more about our schools. 

Links to West Shore's most recent School Performance Profiles are provided below. Please Note: The PSSA, administered in grades 3 through 8 in English Language Arts and mathematics, was fully aligned to the more rigorous PA Core Standards for the first time in 2015; the results on the most recent assessment should not be compared to those in previous years.  

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