Cynthia J. OHora
Academic Standards & Standardized testing 2008-2009 - our students ARE ACHIEVING.
I believe in standardized testing as one effective measure
of the quality of the education being provided in the district.
Pennsylvania State Standards Assessment - PDE reporting results site by district and school since 1995
SASD - AYP report card
Letters to the Editor:
Cynthia J. O'Hora
This site is not affiliated with Selinsgrove Area School District and does not reflect the official position of the Selinsgrove Area School Board.
AYP - Adequate Yearly Progress is the level (benchmark)
set by the Federal government's No
Child Left Behind Act
2009 PSSA School Test Results and Rankings in Pennsylvania Morning Call
SASD 11th grade PSSA Math scores percentage
of students scoring proficient or better
2009 - The high school has revised the mathematics curriculum to build a process founded on student success. All students will be taking Algebra1. Students require 4 years adn credits in math to graduate. Those who had Algebra1 in middle school will be pointed to geometry and Algebra 2. Students who score proficient or better on the 11th grade math PSSA my exempt math in the 12th grade. Studnets who strggle with algebra will take a whole year course. Others may chose a 1/2 year math course.
2008 - The Board has raised expectations for our children. New Athletic and Extracurricular grade policies. The High School is providing stronger assistance to all struggling students. Students will take math each year.
In 1999, Pennsylvania adopted Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and Mathematics. Science standards were approved on January 5, 2002. The curriculum must be aligned to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards. This allows SASD students to have the best opportunity to succeed on the PSSAs.
I have supported purchasing new math textbooks for the high school and a math supplimentary online math practice program. Intermediate School and Middle School students can use this program in school or at home to practice their math skills. I am pleased to report that many students like the software and even choose to work ahead in math!
I have advocated for greater rigor and additional instruction in core curriculum subjects including mathematics. Effective with the Class of 2011 - four years of math are required for graduation with an exception for students who score proficient or better on the PSSAs their 11th grade year. Students will be expected to take algebra 1 and geometry. In order to support students retaining mathematics skills they will take at least one math class per year. A math coach is in place in the high school.
2009 - I supported rewriting the math curriculum at the High School to offer full year Algebra for students. I support requiring students who are not successful in 8th grade PSSA to take the whole year algebra courses.
I advocated for offering a personal finance course at the high school and for making it a requiremnt for graduation.
I support the implementation of the state Graduation Competency Assessments for Algebra and Geometry and for Science.
I support the senior early dismissal for students who are proficient or advanced in Math and Reading.
Passing to Participate - I believe students should be accountable for their studies and their behavior. A score of proficient or advanced on the PSSAs should be expected in reading, math, writing and science. Those students with IEPs (individual education plans) will have expectations adjusted to their abilities.
"The significant problems we face
cannot be solved at the same level of thinking