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    The 2013 Academic Achievement Report describes data from the 2012-2013 school year. To the greatest extent possible, this summative data is provided in a visual manner to illustrate levels, trends, and comparisons of performance. Disaggregated results help provide further insight into student achievement levels (e.g., gender and special education). The results of standardized tests include:

    • Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA);
    • Keystone Exams;
    • Performance Plus
    • Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS);
    • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT);
    • American College Test (ACT);
    • Advanced Placement (AP) Exams;

    As we continue to focus on organizational improvement, it is the intention of the Pine-Richland School District to utilize data as one important element in a series of systematic processes. There is usually a significant gap between the administration of standardized tests and the ability of the district to analyze results. Students have generally transitioned to the next grade level and to a different course in the content area sequence. Summative assessments, therefore, serve as “lagging indicators” of student learning. It is important information, but it is only one piece of a comprehensive approach. Emerging statistical analyses, such as the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS), provide important information about the growth of students over time. The combination of measures is being embedded into the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile and into the new Educator Effectiveness model as well. We intend to engage principals and teacher-leaders more heavily in the future iterations of this process.