Fast Facts: The success story of Pennsylvania public education

  1. In November 2011, The College Board named 367 districts in the United States and Canada to its “AP Honor Roll,” for expanding participation in advance placement courses from 2009 to 2011, while increasing or maintaining the test results. Pennsylvania was awarded the most honor roll districts at 34.
  2. Pennsylvania has made eight straight years of improvements in student achievement in math and reading. Three quarters of Pennsylvania students are now on grade level based on the PSSA scores in math and reading.
  3. Pennsylvania was ranked seventh among states for K-12 student achievement and ninth overall, according to a new national report released by Education Week magazine titled Quality Counts 2011: Uncertain Forecast – Education Adjusts to a New Economic Reality.
  4. Pennsylvania was recognized by the non-partisan Center on Education Policy as the only one in the nation to make significant progress boosting achievement in all subjects and grade levels between 2002 and 2008.
  5. The number of Pennsylvania public high school students taking and testing in an Advanced Placement course continues to increase each year.
  6.  According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s 2008-09 School Safety Report, an overwhelming majority of Pennsylvania’s students attend safe schools, and schools overall are becoming safer.
  7.  Fully 96% of all school districts, and 83% of all schools in Pennsylvania achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2009/2010 school year.
  8. 180 schools that failed to achieve AYP for the 2008/2009 school year, as well as five school districts, advanced to Making Progress status for 2009/2010.
  9. Pennsylvania public schools are credited with a 90% graduation rate for 2009/2010.
  10. 75% of all students in the state scored at a proficient or advanced level in math on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test for that year, while 72% of all students performed at a proficient or advanced level in reading.  These numbers are well ahead of the goals of 56% and 63% respectively for math and reading that were in place for the 2010 school year.
  11. 72.6% of PA graduates are college bound for 2009/2010 (95,380 students)
  12. 68.1 % of PA graduates were headed to 2 or 4 year college or university for 2009/2010

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