WCSD Report Card
District passes; WAHS, Sheffield fall short
September 15, 2010
The Warren County School District, as a whole, met the federal standard of adequate yearly progress (AYP), but two high schools fell short of the mark.
In terms of the district’s success, Amy Stewart, the district’s director of instructional technology and communications, said Tuesday, “This is good because the year before we did not.”
Warren Area High School (WAHS) fell behind and missed AYP for the first time while Sheffield Middle/High School (SMHS) missed the mark for the second time since the standards were first measured in 2002-2003.
Both school met the targets for graduation rates and test participation. However, Stewart noted, “For academic performance, we fell short.”
WAHS didn’t meet the standards for reading proficiency levels in the sub-categories for economically disadvantaged and IEP/special education students. SMHS didn’t meet the standards for math proficiency levels, according to the Academic Achievement Report released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The targets are 63 percent proficient in reading and 56 percent proficient in math. The target reflects the percentage of students who scored in the range of advanced, proficient or advanced-proficient on the PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Achievement) tests.
WAHS had 14.6 percent of IEP/special education students and 37.7 percent of economically disadvantaged students test proficient in reading.
At SMHS, 34.7 percent of economically disadvantaged students tested proficient in math. IEP/special education students at SMHS are not counted in AYP since there are less than 40, which is the minimum amount needed to be measured.
According to Stewart, the AYP results are forwarded to each of the School Improvement Teams for review as well as means of finding strategies for improvements.
Overall in the district, 69 percent of students are testing proficient in reading, an increase from the 68.6 percent logged in 2009. In math, 78.3 percent ranked as proficient, an increase over the 75.7 percent recorded last year.
Stewart noted the success of Youngsville High School and Beaty-Warren Middle School.
“Youngsville was in warning last year, but this year made AYP,” she said.
As for Beaty, the school made AYP for the third year in a row and is considered to be on track for meeting the No Child Left Behind goal of all students reaching proficiency by the year 2014.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Terrill was not available for comment Tuesday on how the school district plans to improve scores at WAHS and Sheffield.