Amid the banging of African drums, Pittsburgh Public Schools honored academic growth by students in 10 schools under new formulas for measuring how teachers help students learn.
“I’m here to celebrate you and what you’ve done in the school year,” Superintendent Linda Lane told students and staff at Dilworth PreK-5 in East Liberty during an awards ceremony on Monday.
Dilworth received the Students and Teachers Achieving Results award, or STAR, along with Pittsburgh Brookline, Fulton, South Hills, Sunnyside, Whittier and Weil schools. Fort Pitt attained the honor but closed this year.
The new model compares schools in Pittsburgh with schools elsewhere in the state. It accounts for students’ prior performance on state tests; poverty; race; and whether students have a special need, said Matthew Johnson of Mathematica Policy Research, a consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass. He is deputy project director for Mathematica’s work on STAR.