North Penn High School Makes Positive Strides Toward State Mandated Testing
By 2014, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandates that all students must achieve proficiency on state assessments. North Penn School District (NPSD) district-wide scores for 2012 show that NPSD is making necessary strides to reach this goal, particularly with NPHS’s achievement of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status.
For the past several years, NPHS has engaged in state-mandated school improvement planning due to one or more subgroups not achieving AYP. The school’s administration and staff have implemented interventions and programs to improve achievement for all students. Their hard work has paid off as the high school met all AYP targets for the second consecutive year, an accomplishment that will release the high school from state-mandated corrective action planning for these subgroups.
“The fact that we have made AYP with the bar at the highest it has ever been is a testament to the hard work of our entire staff,” said Burt Hynes, principal, NPHS. “This is a great moment for North Penn High School and everyone should feel the pride of accomplishing an extremely challenging goal.”
Hynes cites several reasons for the school’s success, including tiered reading interventions, 8-period per cycle English and math classes, 9th period interventions, after school extra help sessions, and improved testing atmosphere and support for students. Next year, however, how high schools across the state assess student achievement will change drastically.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recently announced that the 11th grade Pennsylvania System of Student Assessment (PSSA) will not happen in 2013 and will be replaced by the Keystone exams in Algebra I, Biology, and English Literature — and all 11th grade students in 2012-2013 will be required to take them. The student performance on the 2012-2013 Keystones will be the basis for determination of AYP status for the 2012-2013 school year. More information on Keystone Exams will be provided as it becomes available from PDE. Students at the middle and elementary school levels will continue to take the PSSA.