School Performance Profile Information

  • Northwestern Lehigh School District is pleased to announce School Performance Profile results have been released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).  The release of SPP results provides a reason to both celebrate success and stimulate change.  This posting provides specific performance information about each school in the district and describes what these results mean for parents and educators.

     

    What is the School Performance Profile?

    The PA School Performance Profile serves several purposes:                                                
    • Provides a building level academic score for educators as part of the Educator Effectiveness System as required by 24 P.S. § 11-123 - Act 82 - 2012
    • Provides information used in determining federal accountability status for Title I schools as required by the Federal Elementary and Secondary Act, Section 111(h)(1) and (h)2
    • Informs the public of the academic performance measures of each school, comprehensive career and technical center, cyber charter and charter school in Pennsylvania
    • Offers a resource for districts to communicate and compare performance, analyze performance indicators as related to achievement, and encourage best practice
      • Employ as an analysis tool to inform goal setting, planning, and allocating resources to improve student achievement
      • Compare performance to local schools
      • Compare performance to schools with similar demographics
      • Communicate performance to various constituencies

    Elements of the School Performance Profile Score:

    The score for each school is based upon indicators that define a high-performing school. Many data elements contribute to the academic score. These elements are characterized into five areas:

    Indicators of Academic Achievement (40%)

    • Percent Proficient or Advanced on Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)/Keystone Exams in Mathematics/Algebra I, Reading/Literature, Science/Biology, and Writing
    • Percent Competent or Advanced on Industry Standards-Based Competency Assessments
    • Percent Proficient or Advanced on PSSA grade 3 reading
    • SAT/ACT College Ready Benchmark
    Indicators of Closing the Achievement Gap - All Students (5%):
    • Percent of gap closure met in Mathematics/Algebra I, Reading/Literature, Science/Biology, and Writing
    Indicators of Closing the Achievement Gap - Historically Underperforming Students (5%)
    • Percent of gap closure met in Mathematics/Algebra I, Reading/Literature, Science/Biology, and Writing
    Indicators of Academic Growth/PVAAS (40%)
    • The PVAAS Average Growth Index - a measure of student progress across the tested grade levels in a school in Mathematics/Algebra I, Reading/Literature, Science/Biology, and Writing

    Other Academic Indicators (10%)
    • Cohort graduation rate
    • Promotion rate
    • Attendance rate
    • Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College Credit
    • PSAT/Plan Participation

    Extra Credit for Advanced Achievement (up to 7 points)

    • Percent Advanced on PSSA/Keystone Exams in Mathematics/Algebra I, Reading/Literature, Science/Biology, and Writing
    • Percent Advanced on Industry Standards-Based Competency Assessments
    • Percent scoring 3 or higher on Advanced Placement Exams

    Fast Facts

    Fast facts provide demographic and other relevant information for each component. District Fast Facts include such items as district enrollment, number of schools, average years of educational experience, and geographic size of district. Links to related agencies, such as career and technical centers and intermediate units, are available. School Fast Facts include similar information but are school specific.

    Sources: 

    PA Department of Education 

    School Performance Profile Website

     

    Please click on the links to the videos below to learn how to navigate the School Performance Profile website and to gain a deeper understanding of the data calculations used to determine each score.

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