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FACTS Achieves a High Score on the School Performance Profile
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has developed a new system for measuring the performance of schools in the state. This new system, called the School Performance Profile, or SPP, has taken the place of the annual "AYP" designation.
Released to the public in October, FACTS' final score is 88.0 out of 100 for the 2012-2013 school year, and FACTS has been designated as a "High Progress School."
"We are very proud of this score and would like to thank all of our students, parents and teachers for making this happen! It is because of their hard work that FACTS is performing at such a high level," said Principal Pheng.
The SPP score is determined by a number of different factors including: standardized test scores; progress in closing achievement gaps; and, the degree of student growth over time. Other identifiers of high achieving schools are also considered: graduation; promotion; and, attendance rates as well as evidence of offering rigorous courses factor into the calculation. Schools may also earn extra points beyond the 100 scoring system for those students who have earned advanced scores on the state, industry, and Advanced Placement Exams.
Although incredibly proud of the SPP score, Principal Pheng made it clear that test scores are not the only factor that defines success at FACTS. "Our students demonstrate skills such as compassion, cooperation, respect, and appreciation for their own cultures and the cultures of others," she explained.
"These are skills that cannot be determined by a standardized test and that are not recognized by the SPP score but are valued by the FACTS community. We cannot emphasize enough that these are contributory factors to the overall success of our students and our school."
FACTS will use the score and the SPP data to set goals and guide its strategic planning for the school. For more data and details about FACTS' score, or to compare FACTS to other schools, visit the public website http://www.paschoolperformance.org.
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