York Suburban continues to lead local districts on PSSA scores

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch
The York Suburban School District has a lot to cheer about in the latest state test results. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The latest state test scores show York Suburban students continue to generally outperform those in other York County districts, where results were mixed compared to state averages.

More than 82 percent of third- through eighth-graders at York Suburban schools scored either proficient or advanced in English language arts, and more than 70 percent achieved advanced or proficient status in math, according to an analysis of Pennsylvania System of School Assessment results released Sept. 27.

This represents a 2 percent and a less than 1 percent increase from 2016 PSSA results, respectively.

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In science, York Suburban also led the county, with 83.6 percent of fourth- and eighth-grade students scoring advanced or proficient on the assessment.

York Suburban Middle School has the highest PSSA scores of any intermediate school in York County, while Indian Rock Elementary School, also in the York Suburban School District, scored highest in reading and math among elementary schools in the county.

Paradise Elementary School in Spring Grove had the highest science PSSA scores of any school in York County, with more than 92 percent of fourth-grade students scoring advanced or proficient on the exam.


Corinne Mason, an administrator with York Suburban, said in a statement via email that the district's scores reflect "strong curriculum and masterful instruction." 

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"Teachers work collaboratively throughout the year to examine student data and educational needs and allow their findings to drive their instruction," she said.

One notable increase over last year is in third-grade English language arts across York County, where advanced or proficient performance increased from 60.9 percent in 2016 to 64.6 percent in 2017.

Low performance: The York City School District had some of the lowest PSSA scores in York County, and scores sank from the previous year.

Less than 1 percent of York City students (0.9 percent) scored advanced in English language arts, down from 1.6 percent last year.

In math, 1 percent of York City students scored advanced, down from 2.6 percent a year ago.

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Basic and below basic performance has stayed fairly consistent in the district, though. The percentage of students scoring in one of the two categories remains about 80 percent in English language arts.

In math, more than 92 percent of York City students scored either basic or below basic on the exam.

A spokeswoman for the York City School District said district officials would comment on PSSA results once the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System scores are released.

PVAAS measures a student's performance against itself over time, unlike PSSA scores, which compare performance with state core standards.

Statewide: In several subjects and grade levels, York County is outpacing the state in PSSA performance.

Among third-graders, York County had 66.9 percent of students score advanced or proficient in English language arts, more than 2 percentage points above the state average.

In math, York County third-graders scored 3 percentage points higher than the state average in advanced or proficient, while York County fifth-graders scored 2 points above the state average.

For higher grade levels, however, scores were below state averages.

Eighth-graders in York County were 4 percentage points below the state average in proficient or advanced scores in math.

In English language arts, eighth-grade students were about a percentage point below state norms, according to the data.

To view PSSA scores in their entirety, including district- and school-level data, visit the state Department of Education at www.education.pa.gov.