West York PSSA scores improve slightly
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 York School District saw slight improvements in English language arts scores and math scores, but there was a slight increase in the number of students who scored below basic on ELA as well. Averages for the district were found using scores from each school within the district.
Superintendent Emilie Lonardi said overall the district was pleased with the scores, though a little disappointed that the district's middle school scores had declined.
For ELA, there was a slight increase in the number of students who scored above average in 2016, from 19.5 percent in 2015 to 20.9 percent of students. In 2016, there were 47.2 percent of students who scored proficiently in ELA, down from 48.5 percent in 2015.
In the district, 25.1 percent of students scored as basic on the exam in 2016, down from 25.8 percent in 2015. Finally, 6.8 percent of students in the district were considered below basic in ELA in 2016, a very slight increase from the 6.3 percent of students who achieved that same score in 2015.
For the math PSSA exam, there was a larger jump in scores. In the district, 26.4 percent of students scored as advanced on the math exam in 2016, up from 19.4 percent the previous year. There were 30.6 percent of students who scored as proficient in the subject, down from 32.7 percent in 2015.
Fewer students scored as basic and below basic on the math exam this past year. In 2016, 26.5 percent of students scored as basic on the math exam, down from 30.8 percent in 2015. Finally, 16.4 percent of students scored below basic in 2016 compared to 17.1 percent in 2015.
Schools within West York School District varied on how they did on the exams. Trimmer Elementary School had the highest percentage of students score as advanced on the ELA exam. In the school, 28.1 percent of students received that score, up from 23.7 percent in 2015.
Meanwhile, Lincolnway Elementary School had the highest percentage of students score as advanced on the math PSSA exam. In 2016, 32.5 percent of the students in the school achieved an advanced score, up significantly from 18 percent of students the year before.
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.