October 18, 2016
The state Department of Education last Thursday released 2016 School Performance Profile scores for all Pennsylvania schools.
Calculation of SPP scores had been put on hold last year for most schools to give teachers and students a year to adjust to the new Core Curriculum and realignment of the PSSA, or Pennsylvania System of School Assessment standardized test.
The 2016 SPP scores are the first to reflect middle and elementary school student performance on the more challenging PSSA. The Department of Education, at the direction of Gov. Tom Wolf, is currently working to make the standardized test-dependent SPP a "better, more holistic measure."
Performance in the following areas were used to calculate the scores.
Fifty percent of the school academic performance score is based on:
• Indicators of Academic Achievement – Including PSSA/PASA/Keystone test performance; industry standards-based competency assessments; third-grade reading proficiency and SAT/ACT college-ready benchmarks.
• Indicators of Closing the Achievement Gap – A two-part criteria. One part looks at the test scores of all students to define how well a school is making progress toward 100 percent proficiency. The second looks just at the test results of historically underperforming students to measure how well a school is making progress toward proficiency among those lower-performing pupils.
Forty percent of the score is:
• Indicators of Academic Growth/PVAAS – These measure the school’s impact on the academic achievement level of groups of students from year-to-year.
The final 10 percent is based on the following:
• Other Academic Indicators — These look at student achievement, such as graduation rates, promotion rates and attendance rates.
Schools can earn up to seven additional points via "Extra Credit for Advanced Achievement" based upon performance on state and industry assessments, as well as for students earning a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement exam or 4 or higher on an International Baccalaureate exam.
The 2016 SPP report included scores for 134 high schools in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties and Philadelphia. Below is a list of the 50 schools that earned the highest scores from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Lists of the top suburban Philadelphia middle schools and elementary schools can be found here and rankings for the city's public and charter schools are available here. Also. a searchable database of the reports for all the schools in Pennsylvania is available on the education department's website.
|1||Unionville High School||Unionville-Chadds Ford||Chester||101.6|
|2||Wissahickon High School||Wissahickon||Montgomery||100.8|
|3||North Penn High School||North Penn||Montgomery||100.3|
|5||Downingtown STEM Academy||Downingtown Area||Chester||99.2|
|6||West Chester Bayard Rustin
|West Chester Area||Chester||97.7|
|8||Springfield High School||Springfield||Delaware||97.1|
|9||Central Bucks High School-East||Central Bucks||Bucks||95.8|
|10||Haverford High School||Haverford Township||Delaware||95|
|11||Franklin Towne Charter
|12||Downingtown High School West||Downingtown Area||Chester||94.5|
|13||Penncrest High School||Rose Tree Media||Delaware||94.2|
|14||Great Valley High School||Great Valley||Chester||94.1|
|15||Strath Haven High School||Wallingford-Swarthmore||Delaware||94|
|16||Perkiomen Valley High School||Perkiomen Valley||Montgomery||93.8|
|17||Harriton High School||Lower Merion||Montgomery||93.6|
|18||Council Rock High School North||Council Rock||Bucks||93.3|
|19||Upper Moreland High School||Upper Moreland Township||Montgomery||92.9|
|21||Abington High School||Abington||Montgomery||92.5|
|22||Springfield Twp. High School||Springfield Township||Montgomery||92|
|23||Conestoga High School||Tredyffrin-Easttown||Chester||91.4|
|24||Pennsbury High School||Pennsbury||Bucks||91.3|
|25||West Chester East High School||West Chester Area||Chester||91.3|
|26||Council Rock High School South||Council Rock||Bucks||91.1|
|27||Palisades High School||Palisades||Bucks||90.9|
|28||West Chester Henderson
|West Chester Area||Chester||90.9|
|29||Julia R. Masterman
|30||Garnet Valley High School||Garnet Valley||Delaware||90.7|
|31||Downingtown High School East||Downingtown Area||Chester||90.3|
|32||Central Bucks High School-South||Central Bucks||Bucks||90.1|
|33||Souderton Area High School||Souderton Area||Montgomery||89.9|
|34||Kennett High School||Kennett Consolidated||Chester||89.7|
|35||Radnor Senior High School||Radnor Township||Delaware||89.7|
|36||Lower Moreland High School||Lower Moreland Township||Montgomery||89.3|
|37||Central High School||Philadelphia||Philadelphia||89|
Senior High School
|40||Neshaminy High School||Neshaminy||Bucks||88.1|
|41||Upper Dublin High School||Upper Dublin||Montgomery||88.1|
|42||Marple Newtown High School||Marple Newtown||Delaware||87.4|
|43||Owen J. Roberts High School||Owen J. Roberts||Chester||87.1|
|44||Methacton High School||Methacton||Montgomery||86.9|
|45||Interboro High School||Interboro||Delaware||85.8|
|46||Upper Merion Area High School||Upper Merion Area||Montgomery||84.9|
|47||Phoenixville Area High School||Phoenixville Area||Chester||84.1|
|48||Academy at Palumbo||Philadelphia||Philadelphia||83.9|
at Benjamin Rush
|50||Ridley High School||Ridley||Delaware||83|