Parkland School District adjusts to new PA school assessments

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Published: Sep 25 2013 12:19:11 AM EDT
SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. -

Parkland School District is adjusting to the new School Performance Profile, Pennsylvania’s brand new school evaluation system. SPP replaces the Adequate Yearly Performance assessment that Pennsylvania had been using during the federal No Child Left Behind Act. This will be the first year of usage for SPP.

“I think we’ll be fine. I’m not too concerned,” said Dr. Rodney Troutman, assistant superintendent of Parkland schools, in anticipation of next week’s scores. The Pennsylvania Department of Education will release SPP scores on September 30.

SPP’s purpose is to provide parents with comparative measures, create an educator effectiveness system, generate academic performance measures and allow for comparison of performances throughout school districts.

“It’s just different. SPP is more fair than AYP where forty students represented an entire school,” Troutman said.

Academic scores will be on a 100-point scale. The data will be based on academic achievement, academic improvement, academic growth and other academic factors, including graduations rates, promotion rates, attendance, AP, IB and dual enrollment offerings.

“AYP was a very narrow parameter, whereas this is a growth model showing improvement,” said Roberta Marcus, the vice-president of the school board.

Parents will receive their child’s individual scores as well as the information about their school.

The federal government will assess schools under a different method. These scores will supersede the SPP evaluations. Federal designations will decipher between Title I and Non-Title I schools, which will receive no label. Title I schools will be listed as schools will be listed as a reward schools, a focus school, a priority school or a no designation school. Most school will be non-designation schools, meaning that they are basically average.

The Parkland School Board welcomed the new principal of Schnecksville Elementary at their meeting Tuesday night. Karen Dopera will be the new principal, making a $97,000 salary. The position opened up after the resignation of the previous principal, William Bowen.

The school board also voted on their Pennsylvania School Board Association elections collective vote. Each school district in Pennsylvania can submit one vote each for this state board. Parkland voted for Mark Miller for president, Charles Ballard for vice-president, Otto Voit for treasurer and Robert Schwartz for the at-large representative for the east region.