Performance scores jump at McKean, Edinboro elementaries

GM schools shine in performance

A General McLane news release

School performance scores took drastic leaps 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.

Also, General McLane High School had the highest score by a high school in the region.

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.

“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.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The district also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.