How Would You Rate Hatboro-Horsham Schools?
By spring, each building within Hatboro-Horsham School District will receive a grade from the state.
Teachers throughout the Hatboro-Horsham School District measure their students’ success with grades. In the coming weeks, the schools too will receive a report card of sorts.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education's school performance profile will scale each school between 0 and 100, according to Hatboro-Horsham Curriculum Co-Director David Weber. Those scores will be released in April, he said and the district will have the opportunity to see the pre-release of scores on March 15.
In an analysis conducted by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Weber said 14 percent of all schools scored 90 or higher and 64 percent were in the 70 to 89.9 range.
“Seventy is kind of the benchmark that the state is putting out,” Weber told the school board during a recent meeting. “We honestly have not had access to the scores yet to see how they’ll look at the end of the day.”
But, good or bad, the scores will play a major role in teacher evaluations in the upcoming year, as well as principal evaluations beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The forthcoming statewide evaluation system will make it easier for teachers deemed to be “failing” to be fired more easily, district officials said previously.
Under the impending teacher and principal evaluations, student performance, as well as building data - including how each building scored on the school performance profile - would be “tied” to evaluations, according to Superintendent Curtis Griffin.
“What happens to a teacher who’s tied to many schools?” Griffin asked. “I don’t know that answer.”
Officials have said many questions need to be addressed prior to the rollout of the new evaluation system. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has until June 30 to finalize evaluation requirements.
Before that happens, Griffin said the state would use information ranging from the district’s classes, class sizes, teacher schedules, AP scores, SAT scores, ACT scores and more information that he said is “constantly” being uploaded to the state’s database to arrive at scores for each of the buildings.