CASD Hears “Very Preliminary” PSSA Results

HYDE – At Monday night’s meeting, Bruce Nicolls, director of curriculum and instruction, presented “very preliminary” Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) results to the Clearfield school board.

Students at Bradford Township Elementary were 89 percent proficient in math and 70 percent proficient in reading. These scores, Nicolls said, were a little higher in math but a little lower in reading as compared to past years.

Students at Centre Elementary were 83 percent proficient in math and 69 percent proficient in reading. Overall, he said these scores were better in both math and reading over past years.

Students at Clearfield Elementary were 73 percent proficient in math and 66 percent proficient in reading. These scores, he said, were lower in both math and reading as compared to past years.

Students at the Clearfield Area Middle School were 76 percent proficient in math and 72 percent proficient in reading. These scores, Nicolls said, were about the same as in past years.

Nicolls noted the official PSSA results may be slightly different but will be within a few percentage points. He also noted that the official Keystone Exams results for the high school haven’t been returned to the district.

In his administrative report, High School Principal Tim Janocko updated the school board on the results of the credit recovery program. During summer school, he said that 84 students recovered credits.

Further, 59 students recovered at least one credit and 25 students recovered at least two credits, he said. Of those, he said that 11 students recovered credits allowing them to fulfill graduation requirements.

Teacher Justin Hazelton also updated the school board on the results of the academic letter program at the high school. The goal, he said, was to increase student motivation and in turn academic achievement.

According to him, they set a “measurable goal” of having 75 percent of the student body receiving academic letters. The criterion for receiving an academic letter, he said, is to maintain a “B” average throughout three of the four marking periods.

Overall, Hazelton said that 70 percent of students earned academic letters this past school year. He said a wide range of students received the award from those in special education to others in gifted programs.

“We have some successes to celebrate,” he said. “It was a great kick off for future years.”

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