Dr. Joseph J. Roy
Superintendent of Schools
1516 Sycamore Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017-6099
Telephone: 610.861.0500, ext. 60250
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is set to release a new version of a "school report" card. For a decade, schools in Pennsylvania and across the nation were measured under the rules of the "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) legislation. The new state method to report on school performance is called the "PA School Performance Profile" (SPP).
The Bethlehem Area School District's research-based Roadmap to Educational Excellence contains four key components (Core Learning, Stretch Learning, Student Engagement, and Personal Skill Development) all of which are critical to school success.
Unfortunately, the state's new School Performance Profile (SPP) is, like the old "No Child Left Behind", based overwhelmingly on state standardized test scores and does not align with BASD's Roadmap goals.
Schools around the world, business leaders in America, and communities across the country are rejecting repetitive state standardized testing and its narrowed curriculum common during the NCLB Era. Instead, the emphasis is on the whole child, creativity, and a variety of knowledge and skills that resemble our Roadmap. The state's new reporting is out of step with this focus on educating the whole child.
Here are specific concerns with the School Performance Profile:
There are useful parts to the new School Performance Profile:
The PA Department of Education (PDE) should drop the fabricated single score for schools across Pennsylvania because that number is meaningless and misleading. The PDE should focus on expanding the measures of school performance included in the school profiles- including additional academic measures, adding participation measures and adding other measures that address the education of the whole child.