Penn Manor schools fare well in new School Performance Profiles

Penn Manor schools fared well in a new measure of academic performance released Friday by the state Department of Education, according to superintendent Michael Leichliter. The state released School Performance Profiles for public schools in place of the previous system, which determined whether schools were making “adequate yearly progress,” or AYP.

Under the new system, each school receives an academic score based on its students’ math, science, reading and literature test scores, academic growth from the previous year, attendance and graduation rates and other measures. Schools can receive up to 107 total points. Penn Manor schools earned an average of 85.9 points. Individual reports for each school are available at http://paschoolperformance.org/ . Click on the “academic performance” tab.

Here are Penn Manor’s scores, by building:

High school – 91.8

Manor MS – 87.0

Marticville MS – 86.1

Central Manor ES – 81

Conestoga ES – 89.1

Eshleman ES – 84.2

Hambright ES – 78

Letort ES – 86.3

Martic ES – 88.2

Pequea ES – 86.9

“Penn Manor schools performed very well, and I’m happy with the numbers,” said Leichliter, who pointed out that the high school achieved one of the highest scores in Lancaster County. While the numbers are generally strong, the relationships between teachers, students and parents are even more important than the data, the superintendent said. “Nothing replaces a strong teacher-student classroom relationship, coupled with parental support,” Leichliter said.