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Tidioute meets PSSA targets

August 21, 2010
Tidioute Community Charter School made AYP for the fourth consecutive year. The results of the annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests are in and Tidioute is, once again, in good shape. “We met all 13 of our 13 targets,” CEO Dave Craig said on Friday. Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) was created with federal No Child Left Behind legislation to measure schools’ progress toward the goal of 100 percent proficiency by 2014. “I feel good about the achievements of the staff and the students,” he said. In the mathematics portion of the testing, Tidioute students easily cleared the targets. “The math component seems to be the strongest area,” Craig said. The performance goal was for 56 percent of students to score in the proficient or advanced levels. More than two-thirds of the students, 68.3 percent, including 65.5 percent of economically disadvantaged students, scored proficient or above. “We met that one easily,” Craig said. Based on the testing, he said the school has “some work to do with reading.” Although the results show that the school made the grade, the numbers were close. The target percentage of students in the advanced and proficient ranges is 63 percent. Tidioute had 64.3 percent of its students within the performance goal. Other test data shows that 99.3 percent of the students in the appropriate grades took the test and the graduation rate at Tidioute was 100 percent for the 2009-2010 school year. Tidioute has a new charter and is healthy in terms of enrollment, as well as standardized testing and graduation. Enrollment so far for the 2010-2011 school year is about 280 — “about the same as it is every year,” he said. The school offers pre-K 4 through 12th grade and recently renewed its charter with Warren County School District. “We’ll be here for at least another five years,” Craig said. The raw data from the tests was released in July, Craig said. Districts have the right to appeal results. Officials at Tidioute did not dispute anything this year. “When you make all the categories, there’s nothing to appeal,” Craig said. While Tidioute and many other schools and districts throughout the state have released their results for the year, Pennsylvania Department of Education officials appreciate those that have not. According to Steven Weitzman, Pennsylvania Department of Education director of press and communications, results are still considered preliminary and districts are asked not to release PSSA testing information until Sept. 14. The Warren County School District had not released its PSSA results to the Times Observer as of Friday. “We are not to release publicly until September 14th,” Director of Instructional Technology and Communications Amy Stewart said.


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