Greencastle-Antrim School District met or exceeded state AYP standards

September 02, 2010|By DANA BROWN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Greencastle-Antrim School District met or exceeded state Adequate Yearly Progress benchmarks for reading and math last school year, Director of Educational Operations Bob Crider told the school board Thursday evening.

The board reviewed Pennsylvania System of School Assessment results for the 2009-2010 school year during a work session where principals from the primary, elementary, middle and high schools presented data specific to each school.

Crider told the board that as a district, Greencastle-Antrim's results met or exceeded the benchmarks of 63 percent in reading and 56 percent in math.

"We are very proud to be able to talk about the 09-10 year," Crider said.

Crider said only one Individualized Educational Program subgroup in the elementary school did not meet the benchmarks. The special education subgroup fell below the benchmarks, which places the school on the Pennsylvania Department of Education warning list, Crider said. He added that a school improvement team has been identified to study the data and implement change needed for the subgroup to meet the benchmarks.


High School Principal Edward Rife told the board he was proud to report that high school juniors in 2009-2010 scored "the highest reading and math scores in Greencastle history."

Rife said the jump in test scores was due in part to the implementation of an improvement plan that included challenging students to reach for a higher goal than the AYP in both reading and math. Student scores in reading were 74.2 percent and 65.4 percent in math, well above AYP benchmarks.

"We worked at this all year," Rife said, but added that planning and goal setting for this year is already under way.

In regular session, the board moved to accept the resignation of Thomas Dick, director of transportation and facilities.

Dick, who has been with the Greencastle-Antrim School District for about two and a half year, said he is resigning to accept a position as the business manager with the Bermudian Springs School District east of Carlisle, Pa.

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