The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 12, 2012

Green Dragon juniors top state in science scores

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — Lewisburg Area High School juniors ranked No. 1 in the 2012 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment test in science, Superintendent Mark DiRocco announced during the school board meeting Thursday night.

Science in general saw the highest-ever academic performance levels in the school district, DiRocco said, crediting the district’s science teachers for their work.

“Despite what some politicians claim that resources don’t matter, they do,” DiRocco said, noting the help of the Green Dragon Foundation, whose donations have bought a lot of science equipment.

The PSSA results were one of four exam results DiRocco presented in a data analysis report of the school district’s performance. The others were the spring Terra Nova results and 2011-12 SAT and ACT results.

Lewisburg High students also marked the highest ACT exam scores to date, bettering not only the ACT benchmarks but far outperforming state and national averages, he said.

ACT is the preferred college exam in the Midwest, South and western United States and tests five subjects. The test assesses a student’s academic readiness for college.

Lewisburg’s SAT scores were the third highest on record in 17 years, DiRocco said. The 2011-12 combined math-verbal score was 1,092, beating the national average of 1,010 and the state average of 992.