September 15, 2010

PA schools continue their strong return on investment


State test results show 82 percent of schools meeting required academic goals

Thanks to the support of Pennsylvania state government and taxpayers, and the hard work of educators, public schools are continuing to demonstrate strong academic achievement.

PSEA President Jim Testerman said the new results from Pennsylvania’s standardized tests show that the investment in the Keystone State’s public schools is paying off. The state Department of Education recently released this year's results of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAs).

The report shows that 82 percent of Pennsylvania schools met all of their Adequate Yearly Progress targets in 2010, up from 78 percent of schools last year. Adequate Yearly Progress targets are defined through the federal No Child Left Behind law. Pennsylvania students have exceeded state academic goals and achieved double-digit gains since 2002.

“We don’t believe that money is the entire answer to improving education, but today’s report confirms again that money is at least part of the solution,” Testerman said. “With adequate support, our investment in public schools has paid strong dividends.

“Student achievement has continuously improved for the last eight years, thanks to the efforts of teachers and education support professionals who work with our children every day,” Testerman said.

The report from PDE today confirms previous reports on Pennsylvania students’ academic progress.

The Center on Education Policy in 2008 reported that Pennsylvania students made gains in all academic categories from 2002-08. The CEP report is consistent with the findings from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The NAEP, also known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” found that no state scored higher than Pennsylvania on the 2009 National Assessment of Education Progress 8th grade reading test.

Only six states have statistically significant higher 4th grade reading scores than Pennsylvania, and none have statistically significant higher 8th grade reading scores than the Keystone State, according to the NAEP. Pennsylvania’s math scores are among the nation's best. Only four states have statistically significant higher 4th grade math scores than Pennsylvania, and only seven states have statistically significant higher 8th grade math scores, according to the NAEP.

“When it comes to public education funding, the investment of our Commonwealth is working,” Testerman said. “Our members remain committed to providing the very best education to the Commonwealth’s students.”

For statewide results, visit http://paayp.emetric.net. For more information, visit the Department of Education's website www.education.state.pa.us.

 

 



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