Sunday, August 9, 2009

EFA PSSA goals- four year results

PURE Reform's summary of the results for the district's PSSA goals for the 2004-05 to 2008-09 period has now been posted. Go to the Featured Topics tab of and click "Excellence for All Goals: Results".

The summary shows that 6 of the 19 PSSA goals were met and that 5 of the 6 successful goals were for 8th grade.


Questioner said...

The results show that the only EFA goal for gains in the percentage of students proficent or advanced was 8th grade reading. The EFA goal was for a 20 percentage point increase and the actual increase was 21 percentage points. The 8th grade has a higher level of students at the proficient or advanced level in reading (71%) than any other grade and a lower level of students at the below basic level in reading than any other grade.

While this is good news from the eighth grade, it raises the question of why multimillion dollar literacy efforts are to be focused on the middle school age group.

whatnext said...

As always, it is nice that purereform does this legwork for us all. For sometime now the administration has been trumpeting the successes of the 8th grade PSSAs. 2008 and 2009 results make one wonder why the ARRA dollars will be invested so heavily in middle grades as Questioner mentions above. I can only think that the momentum gained in the middle grades can only be sustained if ARRA dollars create the "routines and rituals" needed to carry students to the next PSSA year in 11th grade.

Questioner said...

There does seem to be room for alternate/ focused investigation of public school issues.

An well-developed example is "The Philadelphia Public School Notebook." Its website gives this history:

"Fifteen years ago, a group of concerned parents, teachers, and community members founded the Notebook to be a resource and voice for people working for equality and quality in Philadelphia's troubled public school system. These pioneers saw a void in the local media landscape and filled it with a free quarterly newspaper, raising money from individuals and foundations and maintaining high journalistic standards while pursuing a mission of educational change."

- According to the NYT, The Notebook recently received a $200k grant from the Knight Foundation.

Anonymous said...

As a teacher who understands the times, let's just say that the publication seems to be a good idea if for no other reason that there is safety in numbers. Most teachers--and apparently a goodly number of parents--feel that the current group of people in charge not only frown upon dissent, but would seek to punish those who make commentary in some way. Perhaps the time has come for a publication like this.
Every so often, we tend to forget which nation we live in.