Tis­sahickon achievesavp, re­sults pre­sented to board

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Eric Devlin

qhe re­sults of the mSSA test­ing were an­nounced at the Wis­sahickon School Board meet­ing Sept. 24, and the dis­trict achieved Ad­e­quate vearly mrogress EAvmF with the scores. qhere was, how­ever, some cause for con­cern at the high school level.

fn or­der to achieve Avm sta­tus from the state, a school dis­trict needs to show at­ten­dance rates of 90 per­cent or higher, have grad­u­a­tion rates of 85 per­cent or higher, have mSSA par­tic­i­pa­tion in both read­ing and math by 95 per­cent or more of cur­rently en­rolled students and have 81 per­cent of sWudHnWs rHFHLYH D SrR­fiFLHnW Rr ad­vanced score in read­ing and DW lHDsW 78 SHrFHnW sFRrLnJ SrR­fi­cient or ad­vanced in math on the mSSA, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion in a pre­sen­ta­tion given by Jen- nifer Sch­midt, dis­trict su­per­vi­sor of cur­ricu­lum and learn­ing.

fn math, the dis­trict fared well, with ev­ery ra­cial and eco­nomic de­mo­graphic per­form­ing to the stan­dard at the el­e­men­tary and mid­dle school level. eow­ever, at the high school level, the BlackL African-Amer­i­can and fn­di­vid­u­al­ized bd­u­ca­tion mro­gram Ef­bmF, a pro­gram which in­cludes spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion, de­mo­graph­ics un­der­per­formed with 50 per­cent and 40 per­cent, re­spec­tively, reach­ing the tar­get per­for­mance per­cent­ages.

fn read­ing, num­bers were down at the el­e­men­tary and high school level as the Black­LAfrican-Amer­i­can de­mo­graphic at both lev­els didn’t meet tar­get per­for­mance per­cent­ages, scor­ing S7 per­cent and 70 per­cent, re­spec­tively. Ad­di­tion­ally at the high school level, fbm scores were be­low the tar­get per­for­mance per­cent­ages, scor­ing 55 per­cent.

eow­ever, be­cause 84 out of 90 de­mo­graph­ics met the tar­get scores, the dis­trict achieved Avm for this year.

Avm is also bro­ken down by in­di­vid­ual schools. bach of the el­e­men­tary schools and the mid­dle school achieved Avm, but the high school did not.

aue to the fact that Wis­sahickon eigh School has not achieved $YP IRr fiYH RuW RI WKH SDsW sLx years, the state has cat­e­go­rized the school as be­ing in the low­est tier known as cor­rec­tive ac­tion ff. Cor­rec­tive ac­tion ff means that sFKRRl RI­fiFLDls nHHd WR SrHsHnW D plan as to how they will ad­dress the prob­lem and the school could face con­se­quences from the state, ac­cord­ing to the state aepart­ment of bd­u­ca­tion’s web­site.

fn other news, a sci­ence teacher was rec­og­nized by the board for a spe­cial award.

Mon­ica Weninger, a sev­en­th­grade sci­ence teacher at the mid­dle school, was awarded the mhiladel­phia area qeacher of the vear award by the iib­erty Bell chap­ter of the menn­syl­va­nia Air Force As­so­ci­a­tion. qhe award is given to teach­ers in­volved in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math. Weninger was rec­og­nized for her style of teach­ing, adding ro­bot­ics to the sci­ence club, en­cour­ag­ing students to grow­ing in­di­vid­u­ally and co­op­er­a­tively and for bring­ing sci­ence engi­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy to life, ac­cord­ing to hevin McA­neny, Wis­sahickon Mid­dle School prin­ci­pal

Along with a wind breaker from the Air Force As­so­ci­a­tion, Weninger was pre­sented with a check for A500.

qhe award al­lows Weninger to move on to a com­pe­ti­tion at the state level.

“f don’t do what f do for the recog­ni­tion, but it does feel nice to be ap­pre­ci­ated,” Weninger said.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the board ap­proved the sub­mis­sion of the mlanCon form to the state aepart­ment of bd­u­ca­tion re­gard­ing the pos­si­ble re­con­struc­tion of the high school. qhe board also ap­proved the dis­trictwide fa­cil­i­ties study done by Bres­lin Rid­yard Fadero Ar­chi­tects and a’euy bngi­neer­ing fnc. in ae­cem­ber 2011.

qhe ap­proval does not mean that the board will stick with these plans or has ap­proved of any type of con­struc­tion. ft sim­ply shows the state that the dis­trict has a plan that they have looked at with re­gard to the pos­si­bil­ity of new con­struc­tion. qhis al­lows the dis­trict to get a re­fund from the state if the dis­trict does de­cide to move for­ward with plans for con­struc­tion.

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