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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.

Schools across the county varied on whether their student's scores improved or declined. Spring Grove Area School District saw improvement in English language arts and math scores. Averages for the district were found using each school's scores.

The school district did not reply to requests for comment.

On the ELA exam in 2016, students who scored as advanced jumped to 28.3 percent in the district compared with 23 percent the year before. There were 45.4 percent of the students in 2016 who were considered proficient in the subject in 2016, down from 49.4 percent in 2015.

In 2016, 22.7 percent of students in the district scored as basic on the ELA exam, up from 20.6 percent in 2015. Finally, fewer students scored as below basic on the exam in 2016. The percentage of students decreased from 6.9 percent in 2015 to 3.6 percent this past year.

The district saw similar results on the math PSSA exam. In 2016, 30.6 percent of students were considered advanced in the subject, up significantly from 20.2 percent in 2015. In 2016, there were 31.1 percent of students who scored as proficient on the exam in the district, compared with 33.4 percent of students from 2015.

In the district, 23.7 percent of students scored as basic on the math exam in 2016, down from 29.4 percent in 2015. Finally, much like the ELA exam, fewer students in 2016 scored below basic in the subject. In 2016, 14.5 percent of students were considered below basic, down from 17 percent in 2015.

Within the district, Paradise Elementary had some of the highest scores on the two exams. For ELA, 38.8 percent of students were considered advanced in the subject, a huge increase from 21.9 percent of students in the school in 2015. Likewise, 49.2 percent, or nearly half of the elementary school, was considered advanced on the math PSSA exam in 2016, up from 25.5 percent in 2015.

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.

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