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Northern York maintains PSSA scores

Alyssa Pressler
  • The district had a few more students score advanced on the ELA exam between 2015 and 2016.
  • However, a few more students on the ELA exam scored below basic, too.
  • The district saw similar results on the math PSSA exam between the two years.

Individual schools' 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 students' scores improved or declined. Northern York School District didn't see any major changes in its English language arts (ELA) scores or math scores. The district saw slight increases in the number of students who scored advanced on both exams, but also saw slight increases in students who scored below basic. Averages for the district were found using scores for each school within the district.

Northern York Superintendent Eric Eshbach declined to comment on the district's PSSA exam scores.

On the ELA exam, 19.7 percent of students district-wide scored advanced in 2016, a slight increase from 18 percent of students in 2015. There were 49.9 percent of students who scored proficient on the ELA exam in 2016, compared to 53.5 percent in 2015.

There was a small increase in the number of students who scored basic on the exam in 2016, from 23.1 percent of students in 2015 to 24.4 percent of students on the most recent PSSA exams. Finally, 5.9 percent of students scored below basic on the ELA exam in 2016 while 5.4 percent of students achieved that same score in 2015.

On the math PSSA exam, 14.9 percent of students were considered advanced in the subject in 2016, a slight increase from 14.2 percent of students in the district in 2015. A total of 28.7 percent of students were considered proficient on the math exam in 2016, while 35.8 percent of students achieved that score in 2015.

More students scored basic on the exam, with 35.2 percent of students in the district achieving that score in 2016 compared to 32 percent in 2015. Finally, 18 percent of students were considered below basic in math in 2015, but the total jumped to 21.2 percent of students in the most recent year.

Northern Middle School had some of the highest ELA scores on the PSSA exam in 2016. There were 23.8 percent of students who scored advanced on the exam on 2016 and 50.7 percent of students who scored proficient in the same year. That represents a slight increase from the 23.3 percent of students who scored advanced in 2015. There was an even greater jump in students who scored proficient, from 45.8 percent in 2015 to 50.7 percent in 2016.

Northern Elementary School had the best scores on the math PSSA exam. The school jumped from 13.6 percent of students who were advanced in math in 2015 to 20.3 percent in 2016.

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.