Hanover sees decrease in ELA, increase in math PSSAs

Alyssa Jackson
  • The school district's ELA scores decreased slightly between 2015 and 2016
  • The school district's math scores increased slightly between the 2015 and 2016 exams
  • There were new, more rigorous core standards on the 2015 exams

Individual school's Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exam scores were released Sept. 29, and for the second year in a row schools were subjected to the more rigorous common core standards that were enacted during the May 2015 tests.

A look at York County school district's Pennsylvania System of School Assesment scores.

Schools across the county varied on whether their student's scores improved or declined. Hanover Public School District saw slight decreases in English language arts scores, but math scores increased slightly. Averages for the district were found using each school within the district's scores.

John Scola, superintendent of Hanover Public School District, said the district will "continue to work with text-based analysis and unstructured math problem-solving in order to meet the demands of the more rigorous assessments."

In 2016, 19.0 percent of students in the district scored as advanced in ELA compared to 19.1 percent in 2015. There were 44.2 percent of students who scored as proficient on the ELA exam in 2016, a small decrease from the 44.7 percent of students in 2015.

In 2016, 25.4 percent of students scored as basic in ELA, another decrease from the 27 percent of students that achieved the same score in 2015. There were more students in the district who scored as below basic in ELA in 2016. There were 11.5 percent of students who achieved that score this past year, compared with 9.2 percent of students in 2015.

On the math PSSA exam, there were 22.8 percent of students who scored as advanced, a fairly large increase from the 17.5 percent in 2015. However, there were 27.2 percent of students who scored as proficient in math in 2016, a decrease from the 29.9 percent the year before.

In 2016 there were 26.5 percent of students who scored as basic on the math exam in the district, compared with 28.7 percent the year before. There was a slight decrease in the number of students considered below basic in math in the district, from 23.9 percent of students in 2015 to 23.6 percent of students in 2016.

Of all the schools within the district, Clearview Elementary School had the most students score as advanced on ELA and math exams; 28.2 percent of students scored as advanced in 2016, which was a decrease from 34.5 percent who achieved an advanced score in 2015. Those who scored as advanced on the math exam went up between the two years, from 26.7 percent in 2015 to 29.4 percent in 2016.

Scola said that the district will continue to focus on preparing students for college and career readiness in the coming months, in which the district focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education.

Information for each of the schools at each grade level and for each subject can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Education's website. Information on scores from previous school years can be found there, as well.