The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 12, 2007

Valley schools all over the chart

Lewisburg ranks 39th; Shamokin, Shikellamy near bottom


"We expect to see higher scores this coming year. At the same time, PSSA only measures a couple things that we do. I believe at Danville we provide a well-rounded program for kids that includes much more than the PSSA measures," he said.

After PSSA scores were initially released last year, they showed that for the first time since the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act requirements, all Valley school districts met adequate yearly progress goals.

The No Child Left Behind Act requires that all groups of children reach proficiency in reading and math by the year 2014. Schools are assessed in three categories when determining adequate yearly progress. They are academic performance, participation, attendance and graduation.

Grades three through eight and 11, were tested in the spring of 2006 through the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment or PSSA. The 2005-06 results were released last August by the state Department of Education.

The Milton, Selinsgrove, Shikellamy and Warrior Run reached adequate yearly progress standards for the first time since the progress analysis began during the 2002-03 school year.

Lewisburg, Line Mountain and Midd-West were the lone Valley school districts to meet the standards each of four years.

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