Pa. unveils new grading system for schools
September 19, 2013
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Education officials have unveiled a new grading system for public schools across Pennsylvania.
School Performance Profiles will offer academic ratings for each building based on a 100-point scale. They'll be available online beginning Sept. 30.
Acting Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq (doo-mar-ESK') said Wednesday that the profiles will allow parents compare schools. She says they can also help administrators set educational goals.
Scores are calculated using data like attendance, participation in standardized testing, graduation rates and closing the achievement gap.
The new profiles replace the previous standard known as AYP, or adequate yearly progress.
AYP was based on student exam scores in math and reading. Pennsylvania isn't using that benchmark anymore because of a waiver from the federal government.