Pennsylvania Accountability System (PAS), Pennsylvania Department of Education

Address: 333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: (717) 705-2343 Fax: (717) 7058021 Website: http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Assessment%20and%20Accountability/Pages/default.aspx#tab-1

"The Pennsylvania Accountability System applies to all public schools and districts. It is based upon the State’s content and achievement standards, valid and reliable measures of academic achievement, and other key indicators of school and district performance such as attendance and graduation rates. The Pennsylvania Accountability System meets the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation and has the same end goal – having every child in the Commonwealth proficient or above in reading and mathematics by the year 2014.

Schools are evaluated on a minimum target level of improvement called Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). A key additional feature of the Pennsylvania Accountability System is that it allows both a school’s absolute level of achievement (the proportion of students who score at or above the proficient level), and a school’s growth in achievement from one year to the next to be recognized."

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