York (Pa.) District shows improvement in test scores, more needed

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

York City School District Supt. Eric Holmes said that scores from the district's schools recently released by the state have to get better, but there were some areas that showed improvement.

Holmes gave a presentation to the school board this week on the state's new School Performance Profile system, which uses multiple measures of academic achievement to score how schools are doing. None of the city schools' scores was above 70, which the state identified as a benchmark of success.

William Penn Senior High School's score was not released by the state. Scores were held back for many high schools because of issues with the Keystone exams that must be corrected.

But Holmes shared high school scores with the board that showed about 51 percent of students proficient in reading and about 38 percent proficient in math, which were significantly higher than anticipated.

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