Central York sees decrease in ELA, mixed math PSSA scores

Alyssa Pressler
  • Central York saw a decrease in district average ELA scores
  • More students scored as "advanced" on the math PSSA, but more also scored "below basic" compared to 2015

Individual school's Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exam scores were released in September, 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.

Schools across the county varied on whether their students' scores improved or declined. Central York School District saw a decline in English language arts  scores overall, but math scores improved slightly. District-wide scores were found by finding the average scores after adding up all schools in the district.

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

Central York's Director of Communications and Marketing, Julie Romig, declined to be interviewed about the district's PSSA exam scores. However, she did release the following statement in an email.

“We will review the data with our faculty and staff and continue our efforts to ensure that we are meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of all of our K-12 learners," Romig said.

For the ELA exam, 17.7 percent of students in the district scored as advanced on the 2016 PSSA scores compared to 20.3 percent of students scoring in the same area in 2015. In 2016, 49.3 percent of students scored as proficient, while in 2015, 51.2 percent of students achieved that score.

Students that scored as basic on the ELA exam increased in 2016, with 27.6 percent of students scoring in that region this year compared to 21.3 percent in 2015. Finally, 5.3 percent of students in the district scored below basic in 2016 compared to 7.2 percent in 2015.

The district overall saw more students score advanced on the math PSSA exam: 20.7 percent of students achieved that score in 2016, while 17.0 percent of students achieved that score in 2015. However, there was a sizable decrease in students that scored as proficient on math in the district with 31.6 percent of students scoring proficient in 2016 compared to 37.6 percent the previous year.

There wasn't a large difference in students that scored  basic on the math exam; 27.0 percent of students achieved that score in 2016, while 27.2 percent achieved the same score in 2015. Finally, more students scored below basic on the most recent math PSSA exam by a little over 2 percent. There was an average of  20.7 percent of students who were below basic in math in 2016, compared to 18.2 percent of students in 2015.

In the district, Hayshire Elementary and Roundtown Elementary  saw large increases in math PSSA exam scores. In 2015,15.6 percent of students were considered advanced on the math exam, while in 2016, 25.9 percent were considered advanced. Students scoring below basic on the exam decreased between the two years: 25.7 percent of students in 2015 scored below basic, while 14.7 percent were below basic in 2016.

Roundtown Elementary had 26.1 percent of its students score as advanced on the math exam in 2015, but this jumped in 2016 to 36 percent. Like Hayshire Elementary, fewer students in Roundtown Elementary scored below basic on the math PSSA: 12.6 percent of students achieved this score in 2015, compared to 8.8 percent.

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.