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  • Special Education Supervisor

    A 12 month position is available immediately in the Valley View School District.  Please click here for additional information and application process.

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  • Keystone Exams as Graduation Requirement Delayed until 2019
     
    Governor Wolf signed into law legislation that delays the use of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement for two years.  

    What this means for our students:
    • The Keystone Exams will continue to be administered as scheduled, but will not have any impact on graduation until the 2018-2019 school year.
    • The current Juniors (Class of 2017) no longer have to pass the Keystone Exams to graduate as was the case prior to this legislation. 
    • The current Freshmen (Class of 2019) are now the first class who will need to pass the Keystone Exams in order to graduate.
    VVSD will continue to keep our stakeholders informed of legislation that impacts our students.  Further, we remain committed to preparing our students for success on the Keystone Exams.  
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  • Office for Safe Schools Grant

    The Vally View School District is pleased to announce that we have been officially awarded the Office for Safe Schools Targeted Equipment Grant.  VVSD will use this grant to help create and maintain a safe school environment that promotes the overall well-being of our students and is conducive to high levels of academic achievement.  Thank you to the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office for Safe Schools!

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  • SPP Image  
    Valley View High School’s School Performance Profile (SPP) has recently been released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Due to significant changes to the PSSA, which is administered in grades 3 through 8, only secondary schools are receiving an SPP this year. An important aspect of this resource is that it allows us to acknowledge our strengths while also identifying areas where we can enhance student performance. We are pleased to announce that our High School’s score is among the highest in the county and the area. We saw many highlights including strong academic growth and improvements in advanced achievement. We would like to acknowledge the hard work of our teachers and most especially our students and parent/guardians for this accomplishment

    It is the focus of the Valley View School District to ensure all stakeholders are fully informed in regard to our academic performance. 

    CLICK BELOW TO ACCESS THE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PROFILE
     
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  • Exciting News about VVSD Academic Growth

    VVSD recently received its Academic Growth data, which is calculated by the Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS). Academic Growth measures student performance across time. Unlike Academic Achievement data that measures a single point in time (i.e. PSSA scores), Academic Growth has little or no correlation with student demographics and is considered by many to be a more accurate indicator of school and teacher effectiveness.   For the 2014-2015 school year, VVSD met or exceed the standard for PA Academic Growth in 14 of the 15 total PVAAS categories. Further, VVSD received the highest possible PVAAS rating in 11 of the categories. This is a tremendous District-wide accomplishment that is the result of the hard work of many especially our teachers, students, and parents.  

    Click here for additional information.

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  • 2015 PSSA CHANGES RESULT IN LOWER SCORES

    The Valley View School District would like to make students, parents, and community members aware of the fact that the PSSA has changed. In fact, the 2015 PSSA is considered a new test. It is the first PSSA that is fully-aligned with the PA Core Standards, which are considerably more rigorous than the previous academic standards. As a result, PSSA scores at Valley View and throughout the state are lower than they have previously been. The lower scores are a result of: the heightened difficulty of the PSSA, the increased rigor of PA Core Standards, and the limited time between final adoption and implementation of the new PSSA. 

    It is important to remember that our students have not changed; the assessment has changed. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has stated that it is not useful to directly compare students’ scores on the new assessments to previous scores. 

    Transitioning to new assessments and standards takes time. New curriculum must be developed, resources to support the new curriculum are needed, and educators need to be trained. The Valley View School District is working hard to accomplish this and remains committed to improving student achievement. 

    We encourage students and parents to consider the following resources:

     
     
     
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  • One-Year Moratorium on Use of PSSA Data to Calculate SPP

    The Valley View School District would like to make our stakeholders aware of an important recent announcement out of Harrisburg. The Governor and the Secretary of Education announced that the U.S. Department of Education approved their request for a one-year moratorium on using PSSA scores to calculate School Performance Profile (SPP) scores and teacher effectiveness ratings. This hiatus was brought on by the significant drop in student performance state-wide on the new 2015 PSSA, which marked the first PSSA to be fully-aligned to the more rigorous PA Core Standards.

    In practical terms, this means that only buildings that administer Keystone Exams will receive an SPP score this fall.

    Please click here to read the entire press release from PDE

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  • STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE
    2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

    This is a reminder to parents with a child or children attending school in our School District
    that we do not carry medical insurance on students, but do provide parents with the
    opportunity to select a primary excess group insurance plan for students. Student accident
    insurance can help you eliminate the possibility of out-of-pocket expenses, since many group
    insurance policies no longer pay full hospital and medical expenses and may require a
    deductible or co-insurance. 

    Please see the attached Brochure for a complete description of the plans and the various coverage options.

     

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