CCTI – 2015-2016 School Performance Profile
Carbon Career & Technical Institute Achieves Top SPP Score for Third Consecutive Year
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has recently released the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile for the 2015-16 school year. This public site (http://www.paschoolperformance.org) provides an academic performance score for public schools in the state. This is the 4th consecutive year that PDE has calculated and released these scores.
We are proud to announce that our SPP Academic Score for the 2015-16 school year rose almost 3 points to 91.2. There are 18 comprehensive career and technical schools in Pennsylvania. For the third straight year CCTI’s SPP Academic Score is the highest score in the state among these 18 comprehensive career and technical schools. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our students, parents, staff, JOC, and all stakeholders within the community, CCTI has achieved this commendable ranking. The score also compares favorably to all high school building scores throughout the county and state. For the second year in a row, CCTI has the highest score in Carbon County.
The performance score is designed with several purposes in mind:
- to inform the public of school performance
- to provide a building level score for educators as part of their evaluation system
- to allow the public to compare schools across the state
- to give schools a methodology to analyze their strengths and needs
While public schools across the state have previously received designations under No Child Left Behind (e.g., Made Adequate Yearly Progress, Making Progress, Warning, School Improvement, Corrective Action), schools now receive an academic performance score based upon many data points. Test scores, progress in closing achievement gaps, and degree of student growth over time are factored into the scoring while other identifiers of high achieving schools are also considered: graduation, promotion, and attendance rates as well as evidence of offering rigorous courses factor into the calculation. Schools may also earn extra points beyond the 100 point scoring system for those students who have earned advanced scores on the state, industry, and Advanced Placement Exams.
In addition to the scoring aspect of the site, the public can compare schools within and across the state. For schools, the site also offers supports for schools to consider as they identify needs in the academic profile. Administrators and staff in our district have begun to review the data and calculations.
Per our goals and objectives, we continue to study the elements that are used to determine our score, and develop plans to improve achievement and raise the school score as much as possible. We revised our curricula, master schedule, and delivery systems, and work as a team to maintain our high standards for grading, attendance, and work ethic.
We are once again pleased with our indicators of academic growth (PVAAS) which illustrate that our students exceeded the state’s expectations for growth when they enter CCTI. Our career and technical based industry standard (NOCTI/NIMS) overall score of 94% of our students scoring Advanced (73%) or Competent (21%) is above the state average. The overall score combines written and performance scores. And finally, our State Audit Reports from 2011, 2013, and 2015 show no findings.