Message from Dr. Gerhard about PSSA Scores

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton September 20, 2016 14:52

Dear Governor Mifflin Family,

In the coming days and weeks, we will begin sharing the results of last year’s PSSA grades 3-8.  These results mark the second year of our work as a school system in making the necessary curriculum, instruction, and assessment shifts called for in the Pennsylvania Core Standards.  As parents and guardians, you will be receiving your individual student(s) results sent directly to you by the building principal.  Upon review of the results, we are here to provide additional counsel in interpreting the results within a larger student achievement context.  We know there are varying opinions regarding the value and impact of a statewide standardized assessment system.  We also know and believe these results represent one snapshot in time in the overall profile of student learning.  However, this does not minimize our attention or serve to dismiss the ownership we have for the performance.  Our curriculum, instruction and assessment practices all serve to meet these standards and beyond.  Likewise, we encourage our families to pay careful attention to the information provided in the reports in how they inform student learning and growth in the fundamental literacy and numeracy skills.

We will be sharing information in the coming weeks on how we performed as an overall school system on PSSA as well as other benchmark assessments that include Keystone Exams, Advanced Placement Exams, SAT and ACT, and NOCTI Exams and other school success measurements.  Through various stakeholder surveys, there was a resounding call for our school district to improve academic performance.  In the near future, we will communicate to our larger community how we performed last year and historically and point to the continued areas for our attention and improvement.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steve Gerhard

 

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Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton September 20, 2016 14:52