West Shore's PSSA scores improve
- Students in the district scored better on the PSSA exams in 2015 compared to 2016.
- This was the second year that more rigorous core standards had been implemented on the state exams.
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.
Schools across the county varied on whether their students' scores improved or declined. West Shore School District saw improvement in English language arts and math scores between 2015 and 2016. Averages for the district were found using the scores from each school within the district.
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In ELA, the district had 18.1 percent of students score advanced in 2016, an increase from 16.3 percent of students in 2015. Aside from that, many of the scores remained close to the previous year. In 2016, 47.3 percent of students scored proficient in ELA, down from 47.9 percent in 2015.
In 2016, 26.3 percent of students in the district scored basic in ELA, down again from 26.9 percent. Finally, fewer students scored below basic on ELA district-wide. In 2016, 8.2 percent of students achieved this score, down slightly from 8.9 percent.
In math, the district also saw some improvements. In 2016, students who scored above average jumped to 21.1 percent from 14 percent in 2015. There were 29.2 percent of students who achieved a proficient score on the math exam in 2016, up from 28.2 percent in 2015.
The number of students who scored basic or below basic on the math exam in the district was down in 2016, too. In the district, 25.9 percent of students scored basic on the exam in 2016, down from 33.6 percent in 2015. Finally, 23.7 percent of the district was considered below basic in 2016, compared to 24.2 percent in 2015.
Within the district, Red Mill Elementary School had the highest number of students score advanced on the ELA and math exams in 2016. In ELA, 31.2 percent of students in the school scored advanced, up from 25.5 percent in 2015. In math, there was an even bigger jump in students in the school scoring advanced, from 26.9 percent in 2015 to 41.7 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.