The 2016 Academic Achievement Report contains information about student performance on a series of standardized tests during the 2015-2016 school year. The mission of the Pine-Richland School District is to focus on learning for every student every day. The vision at PRSD emphasizes the fact that learning is reflected in both achievement and growth. In the fourth year of publication, the format and structure of this report has been refined each year to provide descriptive statistics and analyses across a series of standardized assessments. For 2016, we have included information from the School Performance Profile and also strengthened PSSA comparisons with a top decile benchmark.
As a disclaimer to all who review this report, it is important to note the narrow focus on standardized achievement test results (i.e., PSSA, Keystone Exams, SAT, ACT, and AP). These are important and high stakes results. However, we also know that measures of school effectiveness and learning are far more comprehensive than the information in this report. Those measures include: classroom-based assessments; school climate; participation in extra- and co-curricular activities; graduation rates; attendance; discipline; post-secondary readiness; and more.
An area of emphasis for the 2016 – 2017 school year is the importance of a growth mindset and continuous improvement. As a result, we have been intentional in celebrating strengths and identifying opportunities for improvement. The results in this report are directly integrated with other strategic initiatives related to the model for teaching and learning, curriculum review process, and instructional strategies focus. Short-term and long-term goals of the strategic plan influence the educational program for students and the learning results.