G-A schools make Adequate Yearly Progress by wide margin

PAT FRIDGEN

Principals from each of the four schools in the Greencastle-Antrim district shared standardized test scores with the school board Sept. 2, and it was a night of good news. The district met Adequate Yearly Progress as defined by the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment. PSSA tests were administered in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11 last April.

The state benchmark in reading was 63 percent, and in math 56 percent.

Elementary students ranked 68.3 in reading and 75.7 in math. Middle school students were 81.1 in reading and 85.8 in math. The high school was 74.2 in reading and 65.4 in math. Because the primary school is considered a feeder school into elementary, administration took those figures into account in planning its curriculum.

Bob Crider, director of educational operations, said the scores were due to intentional efforts by school personnel. Many steps were taken to improve test results, which had not significantly climbed in recent years. Among the efforts were reading and math enrichment, a new math series in grades K-6, aligning the curriculum to test standards and setting measurable goals.

Crider added that the momentum won't stop. The schools will continue to up the ante, increasing the use of data teams, training teachers on specific methods, and raising the expectations of everyone involved.

"We are green and growing," he said.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Thomas Dick, director of transportation and facilities. It was effective Sept. 24. Dick  was hired in late 2008, and is taking a school business manager position in Bermudian Springs.