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