The Pennsylvania Department of Education this afternoon released the new School Performance Profiles which for the first time give public schools in the state a single building-level academic score from 0 to 100, plus seven possible extra-credit points.
The site, however, is still a work in progress. Some scores and data did not initially appear to be available.
The profiles can be found at paschoolperformance.org.
The site includes a caution that some results may be in error.
The profiles and the related academic scores likely will have an impact on the public's perception of schools and cause educators and parents to raise questions.
Acting state education secretary Carolyn Dumaresq said the School Performance Profiles were withheld for about 600 schools because of questions about accuracy. Once they are resolved, all of the profiles will be released, likely in December.
She said more than 2,300 profiles were released.
This is as close as Pennsylvania has ever come to giving schools a grade.
But many schools won't face any sanctions for their scores. Only the lowest-performing schools that receive Title 1 money for low-income children will receive designations of priority and focus that will require school improvement plans and technical assistance. Some Title 1 schools that miss their new annual measurable objectives also will need to prepare school improvement plans.
About 61 percent of schools in Pennsylvania participate in Title 1.
The School Performance Profiles replace the state's former school accountability system known as adequate yearly progress or AYP under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Like most states, Pennsylvania received a waiver from the federal government so that it is not required to have all students proficient by 2014.
The test results released include the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests given in math and reading in grades 3-8; in science in grades 4 and 8; and in writing in grades 5 and 8.
The state also released for the first time the results of the Keystone Exams given in Algebra 1, literature and biology.
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