PA Schools Aren’t Reaching Proficiency Levels

Study shows 72 percent of schools in state have a problem.

Turns out Philadelphia public schools may not be uniquely bad. Newsworks reports that many more schools across the state are falling short of standards. The report was done by Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.

Schools not meeting the state’s proficiency target are situated in 72 percent of Pennsylvania’s school districts, or 357 out of 499, the report said.

“This is a widespread problem,” said Michael Churchill, PILCOP executive director. “I think there’s a popular image that a few distressed school districts are having these problems, and that, generally, the state is doing well, but that is not what this data shows.”

State standards require 70 percent of a school’s students to be proficient in reading and literature, and 73 percent to be proficient in math and science.


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  • Get off your ass and study

    This is an issue with dysfunctional students moreso than dysfunctional schools.

  • Joe Jones

    How about dysfunctional society? The schools are a symptom, the real problem is families that sit together but ignore each other while texting, the necessity for parents to have jobs that put their work schedule before being with their children. There is has been a depersonalization of our culture, from “absent presence” to getting food and money from nameless faces in a window, that has hindered the personal interaction and attentiveness that is needed in an educational setting. As a result, people seem to think that children go to school to “get” an education, as though it’s a gallon or milk or loaf of bread, and don’t realize that an education cannot be “gotten” in that manner. In addition, our culture is not one that supports education beyond the mediocre. We admire celebrities, sports figures, those who “dance with stars” while calling those with intellectual capacities “nerds” and “geeks.” Trying to bring up test scores in so-called failing schools is like changing a light bulb when the power is out. We see what is on the surface, but don’t recognize the whole problem.

    • matthew brandley

      well said