School Performance Profile
To view PDE's School Performance website, please visit www.paschoolperformance.org.
The Pennsylvania School Performance Profile (SPP) is the state measure of accountability for public schools in the Commonwealth. While schools and districts across the state previously received designations under the Adequate Yearly Progress system of school accountability, individual schools now receive an academic performance score based on many data points. This change to the PA School Performance Profile serves several purposes including:
- Informing the public of school performance
- Providing a building level score for educators as part of their evaluation system
- Allowing the public to compare schools across the state
- Giving schools a methodology to analyze their strengths and needs
The School Performance Profile scoring system is based on a 100-point system in which each individual school receives a rating. Schools may also earn extra points beyond the 100 points for students who have earned advanced scores on state, industry and Advanced Placement exams. Many data elements contribute to the academic score and are categorized into five areas.
The first three areas represent 50 percent of the school academic performance score:
· Indicators of Academic Achievement - Include PSSA/Keystone performance, industry standards-based competency assessments, grade three reading proficiency, and SAT/ACT college ready benchmarks.
· Indicators of Closing the Achievement Gap - All student scores are used to define how well a school is making progress toward proficiency of all students.
· Indicators of Closing the Achievement Gap - Historically Underperforming Students’ scores are used to define how well a school is making progress toward proficiency. The high needs students are students who have historically not demonstrated proficiency.
This category represents 40 percent of the school academic performance score:
· Indicators of Academic Growth/PVAAS - Measures the school’s impact on the academic progress of groups of students from year-to-year.
This category represents 10 percent of the school academic performance score:
· Other Academic Indicators - Assesses factors that contribute to student achievement (e.g., graduation rate, promotion rate, attendance rate).
Schools may earn up to 7 additional points via Extra Credit for Advanced Achievement based upon advanced performance on state and industry assessments, as well as for students earning a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement exam or 4 or higher on an International Baccalaureate exam.
Please be aware that, for the 2012-13 school year, the calculation did not include the indicators of closing the achievement gap; this factor is included in the 2013-14 School Performance Profile for science only. Beginning in 2015-16, the closing the achievement gap calculation will include reading, math, and science.
This website will serve as a resource for you to help understand and analyze an individual school’s rating. References are available to your left to help explain certain aspects of the School Performance Profile to you including a Frequently Asked Questions packet. The Pennsylvania Department of Education is in the process of releasing information regarding SPP. To view PDE's School Performance website, please visit www.paschoolperformance.org.