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Several area schools score high on state performance profile
By: Marc Stempka
HARRISBURG - Several area schools scored high in the statewide performance profiles, which show how well schools do regarding student achievement, academic growth, graduation rates and other categories.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, a school's performance profile provides parents, taxpayers and educators with access to a data to chart the performance of their local public schools, plus cyber schools and technology schools.
Schools with a score of 90 or higher received a Governor's Award for Excellence in Academics. Across the state 428 schools, including 12 in the 6 News viewing area, scored above 90. The profiles were based on the 2012-13 school year.
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Speaking Monday at Richland Elementary School in Richland Township, Cambria County, acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumareaq talked about the team effort of schools scoring high.
"It takes everybody working, not only the parents at home giving support, the school board through their support, but most importantly the quality of the teachers and their classroom and leadership in the school district," Dumareaq said.
Of the 34 public schools in Cambria County, Richland Elementary School scored the highest, prompting the visit and award presentation by Dumareaq.
"Secretaries need to be out," Dumareaq said. "Most of us, we've come through the ranks. I'm a teacher, I've been a principal, [and] a superintendent, but you get away from where the real work is occurring. Sometimes you forget how hard it is."
In Cambria County, Richland Elementary School scored 92 and Penn Cambria Primary School scored 91.7.
In Centre County, Benner Elementary School scored 90.6 and Marion-Walker Elementary School scored a 92.4. Both schools are in the Bellefonte Area School District. In the State College Area School District, Corl Street Elementary School scored 90.7 and Ferguson Township Elementary School scored 91.4.
In Clearfield County in the DuBois Area School District, DuBois Middle School scored 90.4 and Juniata Elementary School scored 91.1.
In Elk County, Ridgway Middle School, in the Ridgway Area School District, scored 92.9.
In Jefferson County, Bell Township Elementary School scored 93.4 and Longview Elementary School scored 94.4. Both schools are in the Punxsutawney Area School District.
In Somerset County, Windber Middle School, of the Winder Area School District, scored 93.3.