How is your school doing?

By Andrew McGill
From elementary school through to high school, public school students take the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams in reading and math.

Black or white, special education or English-language learner -- how well is your school teaching your child's demographic? And how do other districts compare?

Take a look at the 2012 scores and decide for yourself.
About the data

This tool uses Pennsylvania Department of Education data from the 2012 Math and Reading PSSA tests. It includes results from all public schools, including charter schools, but not private and parochial schools, which are not required to take the PSSA.

This raw data may differ from the adjusted data in the reports for adequate yearly progress, known as AYP. The raw PSSA data count demographic subgroups of 10 or more, while AYP data reflect only groups of 40 or more.

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Your school: Raw scores for students in grade ( total)


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School average  

This demographic within your district

In your school

What this shows: How well this demographic scored compared to other groups in the school.
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There are overlaps in this data. The "male" subset includes students also included in the "white" subset, the "black" subset, etc. The state does not break down these intersections of data.

In your district

What this shows: How schools in your district compare on the same demographic.

Grade-by-grade performance

What this shows: How this demographic performed throughout all grades in 2012.
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This offers a snapshot of how older and younger children of the selected demographic perfomed this year. This is not a value-added analysis. "Average" refers to an average student in the district at that grade.

How students in grade scored in other districts

Your school's
statewide rank

for students ()
RankSchool (District)Proficient or higher

Similar schools with better scores

What this shows: Other schools of a simliar size with the same proportion of students who scored better. This list is limited to schools in your county.
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This algorithm looks for schools who host a similar amount of students (within 10 percent), and a similar total class size (within 30 percent). It only lists schools whose children of this demographic scored better.

Best schools in state

Worst schools in state

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