School Performance Profile (SPP)
Lynne A. Snyder, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction
This fall, the Pennsylvania Department of Education plans to release a new public "PA School Performance Profile" website.
The School Performance Profiles (SPPs) will serve several purposes:
SPPs and Educator Effectiveness:
Regarding the last item above, Pennsylvania's new Educator Effectiveness System (enacted as part of Act 82 of 2012) is designed to evaluate teachers based upon multiple measures, including classroom observations, teacher-specific data, elective data, and building level data.
The building level data will be derived from the school academic performance score on the new SPP website. That score will comprise 15% of the annual evaluation for teachers beginning with the upcoming 2013-2014 school year (and also for principals, beginning with the 2014-15 school year).
The School Academic Performance Score:
The academic performance score for a school will use a 100-point scale and will result from multiple indicators that define a high performing school, as selected by PDE from already available data. (PDE was restricted to data already provided by schools or other data sources - no additional data could be collected.)
The data elements used are grouped into five categories.
The first three categories comprise 50% of the building level score:
The next category comprises 40% of the building level score:
Finally, schools may earn additional points via "Credit for Advanced Achievement," based upon advanced performance on state and industry assessments.
Role of IUs:
PDE has asked IUs to provide at least two SPP trainings (each approximately two hours in length) during their superintendent and curriculum coordinator/principal meetings in February. The first of these trainings at ARIN was provided during the Superintendents Advisory Council (SAC) meeting on February 15 and the second at a workshop for Curriculum Council representatives and principals on February 28.