The 2019 Student Academic Outcomes Report is a collection of aggregate data from the 2018-2019 school year used as indicators of programmatic and student success. This report represents summative achievement data that the District collects throughout the year via capstone assessments such as the SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement (AP), Keystone, and Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams.
The framework of this report is analogous to our curricular design model, Understanding by Design. This framework emphasizes that our curriculum design begins with the end in mind. Teachers and administrators backwards map the curriculum using “big ideas”, “enduring understandings”, and “essential questions” before identifying assessments and then lesson plans. This strategy keeps the curricular goal(s) as the focal point(s). Similarly, as a reflection of our curriculum design process, this report will begin with the end in mind: well-rounded graduates who are prepared for success in their chosen path. The focus of this report is academic achievement in the core content areas and does not include the many other important factors of student success, including student engagement in the arts, athletics and extracurricular activities.
Key findings from the examination of our current data indicate that:
- The various metrics continue to illustrate exceptional academic performance by our students on their standardized assessments.
- K-12 curriculum is rigorous, well-aligned to the standards, developmentally appropriate, and engaging for students.
- Instructional resources, including the use of technology where appropriate, supplement and complement the curriculum.
- Teaching methodologies are strong given the high levels of student performance.
- Academic performance remains strong with an increasingly diverse student population.
Key areas of focus:
- The District believes that the social and emotional well-being of students is a key contributor to their cognitive growth and academic performance. Project 13 is being launched to support this growth and development in our students. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, all students will benefit from the District’s commitment to infuse the 25 competencies as listed in the Collaborative for Academic and Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) model - in every class, in every grade, in every activity. Project 13 is aligned with the District's Social and Emotional Well-Being Strategic Plan goal.
- Remedial programs and supports to close identified achievement gaps.
- Underperforming student groups including economically disadvantaged, English as Second Language, and Special Education.