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Pa. standardized test scores continue slide over last three years

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This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania’s standardized test scores have steadily declined over the last three years, according to the state Department of Education’s filings with the federal government. The dropoff has been especially stark among some of the commonwealth’s most at-risk students.

Under Gov. Corbett, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has downplayed year-to-year standardized test score comparisons, instead favoring the School Performance Profile index, which accounts for cohort test score growth and graduation rates, among other factors.

The SPP website allows the public to access achievement data on a school or districtwide basis, but the Department of Education has made it difficult to see the aggregated results of all of its schools.

Federal filings, though, require this information.

Based on reports for 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14, the table below depicts the percentage of all students across Pennsylvania who scored proficient or advanced on state standardized tests in English and math over the last three years.

All Students Math/Algebra English/Lit
2011-12* 74% 71%
2012-13 73% 70%
2013-14 72% 70%

The state Education Department considers 2011-12 to be the "reset point" for state testing. That year it implemented tighter test security measures after a statewide adult cheating scandal cast suspicion upon the gains seen in prior years.

The tables below break statewide proficiency rates down by select demographics.

Read the rest of this story at NewsWorks

Kevin McCorry

Kevin is WHYY/NewsWorks' senior education writer.

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