The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 12, 2008

Students' scores in top 9 percent in state

LEWISBURG -- Lewisburg students are performing at record-high levels in reading and math while reaching the top nine percent in the state for overall achievement for the third year in a row, according to Superintendent Mark DiRocco.

DiRocco said 85 percent of students, third through eighth grade and 11th grade, scored in advanced or proficient levels in both math and reading on the recent Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). As a result, Lewisburg achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) once again, thus making it one of the few Valley districts to achieve AYP every year since it's inception with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

"Hats off to the all of the teachers, administrators and aides," DiRocco said. "Our middle school scores were rock solid this year, which has really put us in the top echelon in the state. The secondary reading and math scores continue to be among the best in the region and some of the highest in the state."

Students in fifth through eighth grade and 11th grade scored the highest percent of advanced and proficient levels in reading among the 17 area school districts in the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) coverage area. Overall, Lewisburg had 85 percent of students reach those levels to top the local area and place 45th out of 501 public school districts in the state.

Lewisburg had 86 percent of students reach the same achievement levels in math, making it the highest in the local area and 43rd in the state, according to the latest PSSA results.

Additionally, DiRocco said Lewisburg's latest SAT scores were just as impressive. The recent average in verbal results was 539, which compares very favorably to the state average of 494. The recent average in math results was 527, compared to the state average of 501.

DiRocco said 80 percent of eligible students took the SAT last year, which also resulted in all 80 percent entering college this fall.

"When we continue to get high SAT results with high PSSA results tells us there is a lot of great stuff going on in the classroom," DiRocco said. "It shows that we're not just working to those PSSA results."

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