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Phillips identified as 'On-the-Cusp' school

 


Pittsburgh Phllips K-5 has been identified as one of Allegheny County’s On-the-Cusp Schools by PennCan, a non-profit organization that runs results-oriented advocacy campaigns through research and policy, communications and mobilization and advocacy for policy change.

An “on-the-cusp” school is identified as a high poverty public elementary or middle school program (district or charter) where overall student proficiency rates on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) were higher than overall state proficiency rates or were within five percentage points in both math and reading in more than half of the tested grades for 2013-2014.

Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5, Pittsburgh Beechwood K-5, Pittsburgh Greenfield K-8, Pittsburgh Liberty K-5 and Pittsburgh Linden K-5 were the other PPS schools identified as on-the-cusp schools.

The report from which this information was gathered also identified two PPS schools as Allegheny County’s Opportunity Schools – Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy 6-12 and Pittsburgh Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12. Many of the Phillips fifth graders attend these two schools for their middle and high school years.

An “opportunity” school was identified as a high poverty public elementary or middle school where overall student proficiency rates on the Pennsylvania System for School Assessment met or exceeded overall state proficiency rates in both math and reading in more than half of the tested grades for both 2013 and 2014. Simply stated, these schools are consistently breaking the link between poverty and achievement and providing all students, regardless of background, the opportunity to thrive.

 

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