Peters
Township
School District
631 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724-941-6251
Fax: 724-941-6565
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Frequently Asked Questions
 
1. What is the purpose of the School Performance Profile?
The PA School Performance Profile is designed to serve several purposes:
  • Provide a building level score for educators as part of the Educator Effectiveness System.
  • Provide parents with performance measures for the school of residence, neighboring schools, and schools across the state.
  • Inform the public of the academic performance measures of each district, school, comprehensive career and technical center, cyber charter and charter school in Pennsylvania.
  • Provide a tool to inform goal setting, planning, and resource allocation to improve student achievement. 

2. What do these scores mean to my child and our family?
Overall, the scores for all schools in Peters Township are very good. Administrators and data teams within the schools are looking closely at the data to determine where improvements can be made and what strategies are working best that can be employed in other areas of the District. The scores are just one way for us to evaluate how well our students achieve and will help us set goals for the future.

3. What role does the School Performance Profile play in Educator Effectiveness?
Act 82 of 2012 addresses the evaluation of the effectiveness of professional employees and temporary professional employees serving as classroom teachers and principals. The School Performance Profile academic performance score comprises 15% of each teacher and principal’s evaluation and will be a part of the educator effectiveness system for teachers starting with the 2013-2014 school year and for principals in the 2014-2015 school year.
 
4. What is the source of the data used in the calculations? Who performs the calculations?
All data comes from PDE’s authoritative data sources such as PSSA results from Data Recognition Corporation, Bureau of Assessment and Accountability, Bureau of Special Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education, Education Names and Addresses (EdNA), Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS), Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS) results from SAS, Inc., Advanced Placement (AP), SAT results from the College Board, and ACT results from ACT, Inc.
 
5. Is the School Performance Profile (SPP) replacing Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)?
With the approval of Pennsylvania’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver, AYP is no longer the federal accountability measure. The SPP provides an academic performance score for all schools.
 
6. How frequently will the School Performance Profile be released?
The Pennsylvania School Performance Profile will be released annually each fall.
 
7. How were the academic data elements chosen? How was the weighting for each data element determined?
Teams of educators, statisticians, and psychometricians analyzed research to identify factors that define high performing schools. Data elements are linked to research related to high achieving schools.
 
8. How are Historically Underperforming Students identified?
This category replaces the various subgroups previously identified for purposes of AYP. Historically Underperforming Students are defined as a non-duplicated count of students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students, and English Language Learners enrolled for a full academic year taking the PSSA/Keystone Exams. If a student is in more than one of the individual groups (e.g., special education and English Language Learner), s/he is only included in the Historically Underperforming Student group one time – a non- duplicated count. This group is not a cohort but rather students currently in the building meeting the definition during the reported year.
 
9. How is Closing the Achievement Gap calculated?
Closing the Achievement Gap is calculated for each of the PSSA/Keystone Exam subjects (Mathematics/Algebra I, Reading/Literature, Writing, and Science/Biology). The achievement gap is determined by comparing the baseline percent of students who are proficient or advanced to the goal of 100% proficiency. The benchmark for success is defined as closing one-half of the achievement gap over a six-year period.
 
10. How does a school determine whether or not it is meeting its annual target in Closing the Achievement Gap?
The six-year target will be defined in the baseline year, 2012-2013; as each year progresses, the annual cumulative closure will be calculated. As long as a school is meeting the overall closure, it will be defined as meeting its annual target.
 
 
 
Peters
Township
School District
Peters Township School District
631 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724-941-6251
Fax: 724-941-6565
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