Nine of 10 schools in the Mt. Lebanon School District scored 90 or higher on the academic performance profiles released by the state Department of Education, and that honor earned it a visit from Gov. Tom Corbett.
Mr. Corbett and state acting education secretary Carolyn Dumaresq personally delivered the nine Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Academics banners to the principals of the nine schools who earned them.
They are among 428 schools out of the approximately 3,000 schools statewide to receive the honor for scoring 90 or higher.
“You are doing it very, very well here,” Mr. Corbett told the crowd of students, administrators, teachers and parents who gathered in Mt. Lebanon High School’s new gymnasium for the award ceremony Tuesday.
Ms. Dumaresq said that Mt. Lebanon’s percentage of schools scoring 90 or above was the highest in the state and that Mt. Lebanon High School’s score of 99.5 was the highest in Allegheny County and among the highest in the state.
The school performance profiles were created by the state to provide a system of assessment that went beyond the previous standard of whether districts made adequate yearly progress, or AYP.
AYP was based solely on students’ scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams. The School Performance Profiles take into account PSSA and Keystone exam scores as well as other factors, including the amount of academic growth a school achieves in one year, graduation rates, advanced placement and SAT scores.
Mt. Lebanon superintendent Timothy Steinhauer said the district’s success was directly related to the value the Mt. Lebanon community places on education.
“We are all proud of our kids and our staff. It’s great to have a community that supports public education,” Mr. Steinhauer said.
As Mr. Corbett held Mt. Lebanon up as a role model for other districts in the state, he said it is his intention to set up a system through which high-achieving districts are available to mentor low-achieving districts.
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