Fairview School District scoring 101.1% in the Pennsylvania Schools Performance Profile, coming in right behind Downingtown STEM Academy near Philadelphia for top high schools across the state.
This rating for the 2016-2017 school year is based on test scores, attendance, and other academic factors. Eric Kincade, Fairview Superintendent, tells us, "Although we like being above 100 percent... I don't think a number defines us. We have some awesome things happening right now."
Kincade says there's a lot of factors that lead to academic achievement, including parents, finances and the board of directors. He says the key is the quality of the teachers; not only in the high school but also in the elementary and middle schools. "We feel like we have K-12, top to bottom, 113 of the very best teachers in Pennsylvania."
Erie Rise Academy seeing big improvement boosting from 32.2% to 50.7%. The charter school on academic surveillance by the Erie School District. "We put together an academic recovery plan that we felt was the recipe to get us to improve the scores that you see." The school improving curriculum and technology to aid in the improvements.
Terry Lang, CEO of Erie Leadership Academy says, "We will come up with strategies to improve our mathematics. The data is telling us we need to improve our mathematics."
The Erie School District is celebrating some positives, but they say after the consolidation they really want to focus on reading levels. Daria Devlin of the Erie School District, says, "We really need to look at early literacy, primary literacy, and making sure the kids are reading at grade level... In every building, we know there are certainly things we can improve upon. We want every child to do their best, so that's what we are going to be focusing on."
Fairview also named an Apple Distinguished School last year. Fairview is one of the 400 worldwide in 40 countries to receive this honor.
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