Why are local kids dropping out of high school? - The Daily Item January 11, 2009
Pennsylvania Graduation facts:
Every year, 57,000 students, or 40 percent of graduates, are given diplomas without passing the state's reading, writing and math tests.
- In 2006, 45% of public school seniors who graduated in Pennsylvania did not score proficient on the grade 11 reading and math PSSAs, yet received diplomas based on local school district assessments.
- In 2006, 93% of Pennsylvania school districts graduated at least 20 percent more students than scored proficient on grade 11 PSSAs.
- Only 7 percent of college instructors, at two-year institutions, say most of their students enter college extremely prepared or well prepared.
- About 30 percent of all high school graduates who enter college require some remediation and 35 percent of companies provide remedial math instruction to workers. PDE Fact Sheets
PA Dropout Prevention Summit - Dr. Zahorchak & Acting Sec. Vito PCN 5pm Jobs for the Future
"The Long-Term Labor Market Consequences of Dropping Out of High School in Pennsylvania"
"The Tax and Transfer Fiscal Impacts of Dropping Out of High School in Pennsylvania"
A Uniform, Comparable Graduation Rate for all States: The Four-year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate beginning 2010-2011.
Testimony before PA Senate Education Committee regarding Graduation Competency tests May 14, 2008
Pennsylvania & Selinsgrove Area School District Graduation Project Information
45 States Target Graduation Rates Governors Agree to Uniform Standards
Commission on College and Career Success Report
1 in 10 U.S. high schools is a ‘dropout factory’ | Drop out factories data
States fudging high school dropout rates 6/2005
Proposed State Graduation Exams
Governor's Commission of College and Career Success report
Shamokin Area feels correlation between income, lower test scores News Item 7/13/08
Study of Pennsylvania counties finds that Snyder County rates 1.86 (moderate to low risk) for social and economic conditions that put young children at a higher risk of academic failure. Summary There were 7 criteria used in determining each county considered to be at risk. Among these were the percentage of children under 5 and who are in low-income families or poverty level. Single mother families were also among the risk categories. Mothers who did not finish high school are a risk category, too. Snyder County was well below the state average of 2.49.
More than 2,100 Pennsylvania schools will be honored this year with Keystone Achievement Awards. The awards are given to public schools that achieved adequate yearly progress (AYP) in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years. Progress is measured in part by a school's performance on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, the standardized test given annually to students in grades 3-8 and 11. AYP Reading - 56 achieve,| AYP Math 2005-2007
45% achieve SASD SCORES