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PA Department of Education Recognizes Title One Top Performing School

Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recognized Hempfield School District’s East Petersburg Elementary School (EPES) as a Title I Distinguished School for High Progress.

EPES earned this reward for being amongst the highest 5% of Title I schools in the Commonwealth. The state selected 158 Title I schools to be named Distinguished Schools, EPES among them. The award is based on 2016-17 Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS) data on the following criterion of Annual Measurable Objectives:

  • Test participation in Mathematics and Reading PSSA, for all students Attendance Rate, for all students
  • Closing the achievement gap in Mathematics and Reading PSSA, for all students
  • Closing the achievement gap in Mathematics and Reading PSSA, for historically underperforming students

In a letter to the school district, Susan McCrone, Chief, Division of Federal Programs at PDE said, “I congratulate you and your staff on the success you are experiencing.”

EPES will be eligible to be selected as one of Pennsylvania’s National Title I Distinguished Schools at the National Title I Conference in Kansas City, Missouri in February 2019. This honor will be determined by the state prior to the event but is not known at this time.

 A joint statement from Kim Rauscher, EPES principal and Pamela Mitchell, ELA Supervisor K-6 shared, “We celebrate the entire East Petersburg learning community! It is truly with everyone’s commitment and effort that this high honor has been bestowed. We recognize that to be able to achieve this level of success requires a growth mindset, strategic processes and procedures designed to support all students, and collaboration between school and families.  The teamwork and commitment that happens each and every day among and between all the stakeholders helps the students at EPES continue to grow and accomplish their personal best.”