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Academic Rankings & Measures of Success
June 4, 2021
Dear Students, Parents, and Staff,
On May 20, 2021, the Pittsburgh Business Times (“PBT”) released a publication titled "Decade of Excellence." This publication provides an annual ranking based on state standardized tests. Given the impact of the pandemic, all state-based standardized testing for the PSSA and Keystone were halted. This is the first time that PBT issued a “decades” report. Out of approximately 500 school districts in Pennsylvania, PRSD ranked 19th for the decade and 14th in 2020 (top 3%).
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. It is important to note the narrow focus on standardized achievement test results (i.e., PSSA, Keystone Exams, SAT, ACT, and AP). While these are important high-stakes assessments, we also know that measures of school effectiveness and learning are far more comprehensive than these mandated tests. Those measures include a holistic look at our schools and students, such as classroom-based assessments; school climate; participation in extra- and co-curricular activities; graduation rates; attendance; discipline; post-secondary readiness; social-emotional development; wellness; and more.
Some other areas in which we can reflect on achievement include:
U.S. News and World Report
Each year, U.S. News & World Report publishes the “Best Public High Schools” rankings. Pine-Richland High School was ranked 25th in the state, 5th in the county, 6th in the region, and 853rd in the nation out of 24,000 high schools across 50 states in this annual list that assesses math and reading proficiency.
National Merit Scholars
This year, Pine-Richland High School named 21 students National Merit Scholars with five being named finalists in the annual recognition program and 16 being designated commended students. This matches the largest number of recognized students ever in a single year at Pine-Richland.
Academic Achievement & Growth Report
Each year the district publishes an Academic Achievement & Growth Report. In the seventh year of publication, the report provides descriptive statistics and analyses across a series of standardized assessments. The focus of this year's report has shifted from analyzing the data to connecting the data to action through instructional and curricular decisions at the grade level, course, classroom, and student levels. You can download or view an interactive version of the Academic Achievement and Growth Report, by visiting the website. You can also review previous reports, presentations, and more.