JASD meets PSSA goals

JOHNSONBURG – Students of the Johnsonburg Area School District have met PSSA [Pennsylvania School System of Assessment] standards for Adequate Yearly Progress [AYP] for the 2011-2012 school year.Elementary school principal Jennifer Hobbs presented the students' scores during the August board of directors meeting.In math, elementary students in grades 3 through 6 scored an 86.4 percent proficiency out of a targeted 78 percent."Our students did a real good job of maintaining that and reaching the proficiency level that has been set forth by the state in the area of mathematics," Hobbs said.In reading, students scored a 76 percent out of a targeted 81 percent. According to Hobbs, even though the students did not score an 81 they qualified for the state criteria AYP due to a confidence interval."There are about seven different ways they calculate AYP so even though we didn't outright make the 81 percent proficiency with the confidence interval being one of the ways to meet AYP, we did meet it," Hobbs saidHobbs noted that students in kindergarten through sixth grade began a new reading series in the 2011-2012 school year."If you speak to anyone that has been involved with a new series, especially a reading series, oftentimes when a reading series is implemented you will see a dip in scores just because there is that transition year," Hobbs said. "The transition that we made was a big jump for both our students and faculty."Hobbs said the series was aligned to the new Common Core standards."I am very pleased to see that the scores stayed the same because oftentimes you will see a dip within the first couple years of implementation until everyone becomes familiar with the series and materials," Hobbs said. "On both reading and math we did make adequate yearly progress and I am proud of our students and staff for how hard they worked to achieve this goal."Pick up a copy of the Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.