York City School District: Academic Performance
York City Schools Among Lowest Performing in Pennsylvania
- York City SD ranked 499 out of 500 districts on the Department of Education’s 2012-13 State Performance Profile (SPP), with a score of 46.5.
- The state considers 70 to be a passing score.
- William Penn Senior High School—the primary public high school in the district—was one of the bottom 15 percent of schools in the state.
- SPP Score: 42.7
- Advanced or Proficient, 2012-13 PSSA/Keystone Exams:
Math: 39 percent
Reading: 51 percent
- Average Math SAT: 381
- Average Reading SAT: 368
- Preliminary results indicate most city schools saw declining scores in 2013-14.
Charters Outperform District Schools
- The three charter schools operating in York City averaged a 54.7 on the SPP compared to 46.5 for district schools.
- New Hope Academy Charter School, which was forced to shut down after 2013 in part for academic performance, performed better than than 4 of 7 district schools with SPP scores.
PSSA Results Lag Behind Statewide Averages
- York students lag behind both statewide and economically disadvantaged PSSA scores.
- In 2012, more than twice as many York students performed ‘below basic’ in math than the statewide average.
- Nearly three times as many York students performed ‘below basic’ in reading than the statewide average.
|York City PSSA Results 2012 (Percentage)|
|York City SD||Statewide||Economically Disadvantaged, State|
|Advanced or Proficient, Math||53.1||75.6||61.6|
|Advanced or Proficient, Reading||41.5||72.0||55.4|
|Below Basic, Math||25.7||11.1||19.0|
|Below Basic, Reading||35.8||13.7||24.3|
- York City saw little to no improvement in PSSA scores between 2008 and 2012.
Spending per Student has Substantially Increased over the Last Decade
- York City spending per student (Average Daily Membership) increased from $9,081 in 2002-03 to $15,256 in 2012-13. This is a 33 percent increase in inflation-adjusted dollars.
- Spending per ADM exceeds the statewide average of $14,600.
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