General McLane Scores High in State Performance Scores

Posted on November 7, 2014, in Academics

General McLane School District schools posted scores that were among the highest in the region. In particular, General McLane High School posted the highest score among high schools regionally, and there were drastic leaps in school performance scores for both Edinboro and McKean Elementary Schools over the past year, according to new state Department of Education data that tracks academic progress and growth.

The Elementary schools posted the largest gains across the District – Edinboro Elementary earned a score of 94.7, up 15.7 points from 2012-13; McKean Elementary earned a score of 94.6, up 25.6 percentage points from 2012-13.

“The improvement in the elementary schools was not a result of a district-mandate or emphasis on testing, rather, it was the professionalism and pride of our teachers that caused them to carefully analyze last year’s results and align the standards they were teaching with the standards that are tested,” said General McLane School District Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “We have outstanding teachers who do a great job teaching the standards. When the standards taught match what is tested, their excellence is reflected in our scores.”

James W. Parker Middle School’s score remained similar to the 2012-13 score, with an 83.2.

General McLane High School’s score also remained the same as 2012-13, with a slight increase from 90.4 to 90.6. General McLane High School’s score of 90.6 is the highest performance score among high schools in Erie, and its surrounding region.

“We are very happy with the results, it’s a proud accomplishment for our staff to see the excellent progress at the elementary schools, as well as the consistent performance at the Middle School and High School,” Scaletta said. “We understand that the new standards and curriculums continue to be a challenge for teachers, and we are proud of how they have risen to the challenge.

The School Performance Profile uses a 100-point scale to measure schools’ academic performance and growth based on a variety of factors, including standardized test scores, attendance rates, graduation rates, and year-to-year academic growth. Schools get credit when students exceed expectations based on previous academic performance.