The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 12, 2013

Valley supers dismiss D-plus grade

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— Valley public education officials are giving mixed reviews to a national school-reform report card that last week graded Pennsylvania at a D-plus and 31 spots ahead of other states.

Many Valley superintendents said they had not completely read the first grading from StudentsFirst, the advocacy group led by Michelle Rhee, the controversial former chancellor of D.C. Public Schools.

The group graded states in three areas — teaching, spending and governing, and “parent empowerment” — then assigned an overall grade.

No state received an A.

Louisiana and Florida came in No. 1 and 2, respectively, and with B-minus grades, the highest.

Results did not concern Valley officials, who have seen more rankings, ratings and report cards in their careers than the average school kid.

“It sounds like they designed their evaluation to be rigorous and difficult,” Mifflinburg Superintendent Dan Lichtel said in reference to those three criteria.

Read more of this story in Sunday's edition of The Daily Item.