2011-2012 District Report Card
The No Child Left Behind Act and the Pennsylvania Accountability System mandate that school districts provide their communities with a Report Card of Student Achievement indicating student achievement as assessed by the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). The focus of the assessment is to determine the degree to which the students and school in the State of Pennsylvania are proficient in achieving the content contained in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards in the areas of mathematics, reading, and writing.
Additionally, the PSSA provides information to teachers and schools to use as a guide for the redesign of curricula and instructional strategies to enable students to achieve the Pennsylvania Academic Standards.For this purpose, districts are asked to provide their communities with the following information:
For the 2011-2012 school year, students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in public schools throughout the state were required to take the PSSA. The state compares student performance data from the PSSA with its own established targets for proficiency. That information is combined with test participation, attendance, and graduation data to determine if schools have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For the 2011-2012 school year, the performance of students in grades 3–8 and 11 was used to determine AYP. Student performance on the PSSA is reflected in four performance levels:
The goal of NCLB is for every student to score at the Proficient level or above by the year 2014. Schools are required to advance toward this goal by meeting the gradually increasing AYP targets established for each interim year. For 2011, Pennsylvania has established the AYP targets for student performance as follows:
To attain AYP, the criteria must be met. However, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has developed additional filters in determining AYP. The filters consider significant growth in student achievement and the possibility of sampling errors. They include the Safe Harbor Provision; the Confidence Interval; the PA Performance Index; Proxy; and Growth Model.
Because we can link to the Pennsylvania Department of Education website, up to date information is provided. This information is also provided in an alternate format in the North Allegheny “Your Schools” Community Newsletter. This publication is available to each resident on the home page of the North Allegheny website entitled 'The NA Digital Magazine.' The PA Department of Education AYP and District Report Card can be viewed by clicking below: