New 'grades' out for local schools
Four schools in the eight school districts that educate students from Northumberland County scored below 70 out of a possible grade of 100 in the state's new grading system.
The scores were posted through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) School Performance Profile (SPP) that launched last week.
Mount Carmel Area Elementary School scored 64.8, Shamokin Area Elementary School scored 66.3 and Shikellamy School District's Chief Shikellamy Elementary School and high school scored 69 and 67.6, respectively. State education officials said scores of 70 or higher are considered satisfactory.
The scores for the majority of education buildings in Line Mountain, Mount Carmel Area, Shamokin Area, Southern Columbia Area, Danville Area, Milton Area, Shikellamy, Warrior Run and North Schuylkill school districts are available through the state website, but there are some scores that will not be input until January 2014.
The SPP is designed to provide educators, parents and the public with comprehensive evaluations of each building in the districts based on academic achievement, academic growth and other factors associated with public education.
The new profiles replace the previous standard known as AYP, or adequate yearly progress, which was based solely on student math and reading scores. Pennsylvania is no longer required to use that benchmark since receiving a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Each district is given a score between zero and 100. The evaluation score will be made up of 40 percent academic achievement, 5 percent achievement gap in all students, 5 percent achievement gap in historically under performing students, 40 percent in academic growth and 10 percent other academic indicators.