The Pittsburgh Business Times published their 10th annual ranking of Pennsylvania’s 500 public school districts noting, “these rankings do not identify the “best” schools or districts, but rather the highest-scoring districts on standardized tests.”
Octorara Area School District climbed nine slots over the district’s 2013 rankings but still finished in the third quartile of school districts statewide.
These results are sure to please those who accentuate the positive and identify whatever progress the district makes while dismaying others who argue Octorara’s student should be doing better given the high property tax burden district residents shoulder relative to neighboring school districts.
Wherever you stand, something we can all agree on is the standings don’t reflect the true caliber or capability of Octorara’s student body. Parents, teachers, administrators and school board members, in that order, must remain focused on the task of providing area children a comprehensive educational experience while continuing to invest the money, time and effort required to ensure the district’s performance continues to improve.
Incidentally the PBT rankings placed neighboring Unionville School District number one statewide while three other Chester County school districts, Tredyffrin-Easttown, Great Valley and Downingtown, finished in the paper’s top 25 school districts across the state.
Pattye Benson has a take on the rankings from her perch in Tredyffrin-Easttown on the other side of the County on her widely-read Community Matters blog here.