PA School Performance Profile
The Pennsylvania Department of Education released the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile (SPP). This public site, which can be found by visiting http://www.paschoolperformance.org, provides an academic performance score for public schools in the state.
The 2013-14 School Performance Profile scores have been calculated based upon 2013-14 assessment data, including PSSA, PASA, and Keystone Exam performance as well as progress schools have made in closing the achievement gap in science.As Pennsylvania is transitioning to more rigorous standards and assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, closing the achievement gap data/results will not be reported until 2015-16 for English Language Arts (ELA)/Literature and Mathematics/Algebra I (2014-15 will serve as the baseline year for these subjects.).
The School Performance Profile is based upon many data points, which are factored into the scoring:
- State assessment scores
- College readiness tests
- Industry standards-based assessments
- Progress in closing achievement gaps
- Degree of student growth over time
Schools may also earn extra points beyond the 100 point scoring system for those students who have earned advanced scores on the state, industry, and Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate exams.
- Attendance rates
- Evidence of offering rigorous courses
In addition to the scoring aspect of the site, the public can compare schools within their geographical area and across the state. For schools, the site also offers supports to consider as they identify needs associated with the performance measures in the School Performance Profile.