Recently the Pennsylvania Department of Education released report cards for schools across the state. The Pennsylvania school performance profile is a website established to show parents and taxpayers how schools are performing in their district. Mike Crossey, president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, says the state’s newest report card for schools is based too much on standardized test scores.
“It shouldn’t be about how can I grade you,” said Crossey, “it should be about what do we need to to move you to the next level [and] that’s what education should be about.”
The Department of Education says that’s inaccurate and while standardized testing accounts for about 40 percent of the scoring, it includes much more.
“You now know how many students are graduating, how many students are going on to the next grade – that’s included, the attendance rate – that’s included,” said Tim Ellert, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Crossey says it isn’t fair to brand schools with a grade.
“To call a school district a failing school district and to say one doesn’t do as well as another district shouldn’t happen and I think It blunts future achievement,” said Crossey.
However, Ellert says it’s information the public needs to have.
“Taxpayers need to know if the investment they are making in their tax dollars are making it to students and educating students to be successful adults,” said Ellert.
Scores for all schools are not available on the website. The Pennsylvania Department of Education expects to have all of the data available by December.
You can find the report here: