2014-2015 Annual Report
Our Mission We inspire and support learning for every child, every chance, every day.
Our Vision All students will be empowered to achieve their fullest potential.
Our Values We are responsible to educate the whole child. All students can learn. Students learn best in a safe, supportive environment. Effective educators inspire, motivate, and engage students to achieve success. Quality leaders promote and ensure quality instruction. Partnerships improve our effectiveness. We serve the community and are accountable to it.
Our Leadership Team Board of Directors
Rev. Kevin Eshleman, Vice-President *Sherri Stull, Secretary Douglas Graybill Audrey Stoner Dr. Timothy Zimmerman
Allen L. Dissinger, President John Lorah, Treasurer Richard Brenner Barry Harting Mary Waskowicz *Kegel, Kelin, Almy, & Lord (Solicitors) * Denotes Non-Member
Administrators Dr. Bruce Sensenig……………………. Dr. Ella Musser………………………… Mrs. Sherri Stull……………………….. Mr. Christopher Irvine……………….. Mr. Anthony DiMatteo………………… Ms. Christine Gehring………………… Miss Whitney Seltzer………………….. Dr. Stephen Melnyk…………………… Dr. Bradley Testa……………………… Dr. Nathan Van Deusen………………. Mrs. Angela Marley…………………… Dr. Crystal Loose……………………… Dr. Tabetha Haldeman………………..
Superintendent Assistant to the Superintendent Business Manager High School Principal Assistant High School Principal Assistant High School Principal Assistant High School Principal/Director of Athletics Middle School Principal Assistant Middle School Principal Elementary Principal – Adamstown Elementary Principal – Denver Assistant Elementary Principal – Denver Elementary Principal – Reamstown
Mr. Scott Bennetch………………….... Mr. Christopher Dunn……………….. Mr. Kurt Eckenroad………………….. Mrs. Denise Logue…………………… Mrs. Sherry Luttrell…………………... Mr. David Lutz………………………… Mrs. Mary Rinehart…………………... Mrs. Beth Sahd………………………... Dr. Kent Sweigart……………………..
Director of Math Director of Food Services Director of Buildings & Grounds Director of Reading Director of Human Resources Director of Transportation Director of Special Services Director of Library/Media Services Director of Technology
2014-2015 Highlights v Demographics remained consistent. v Programs and supports were added: o Birth-Pre-K workshops for parents and children were expanded to include more activities and to provide supplies for families. o Schoology, a learning management system, was introduced to staff. o Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) were developed and used to track students’ growth and/or mastery of specific academic goals. v New programs and materials were piloted: o Art in Kindergarten was implemented at two of the elementary schools to address fine motor skill development. o A new elementary reading program, Wonders, was implemented by three teachers in each building. o GamePlan, a new music series, was piloted at one elementary school. o New middle school math and English language arts materials were introduced on a trial basis in some classrooms. v Students achieved high academic successes in the following areas: o Elementary performance in science was exceptional on PSSA assessments. o There was a significant increase in percentage of students advanced or proficient on high school Keystone biology exams (75% to 83%). o Average scores on SAT and ACT exams are at or above state averages in every area. o One student obtained “Commended Scholar” status on PSAT, and another student obtained “National Merit Semi-Finalist” status at the time of this report. o The percentage of students scoring a three or higher on AP exams exceeded state & global averages. o Cocalico High School observed the highest number of AP course enrollments in district history. o Three high school students were named AP Scholars with Distinction and 22 students were named AP Scholars. o Cocalico CTC students performed extremely well on the NOCTI exams, with 98% scoring competent or advanced in both the written and performance components.
District Profile The Cocalico School District is a rural school district. It is conveniently located between Reading, Lancaster, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia, all of which are readily accessible via major highways. The district consists of the following municipalities: Denver Borough, Adamstown Borough, East Cocalico Township, and West Cocalico Township.
Students Total Enrollment (Pre-K-12): Adamstown Elementary Denver Elementary Reamstown Elementary Cocalico Middle School Cocalico High School Gender: Female: Male: Ethnicity: Caucasian: African-American: Asian: Hispanic: Multi-ethnic: Attendance Rate: Graduation Rate:
3,110 436 503 451 662 1,058 49% 51% 87% 1% 3% 4% 5% 97% *
*Awaiting Release of PDE Data
Students Attending CTC: Full day 54 Half day 24 Students Homeschooled: 210 Students in Cyber School: 44 Expenditure per Student: Elementary: $9,345.88 Secondary: $11,707.61 Average SAT Scores: Math: 526 Reading: 515 Writing: 497 2015 Graduate Profile: # of Graduates: 261 % attending post-secondary school: 68% % in military, skilled labor, etc.: 27.5% % in other: 4.5%
Staff Total Number of Staff: Teachers/Prof. Staff: Directors: Administrators: Support Staff: % Part-time Staff: % Full-time Staff:
442 232 12 13 185 26% 74%
Prof. Staff w/Advanced Degrees: Prof. Staff w/20+ Years Experience: Student/Professional Staff Ratio: Elementary: Secondary: Average Class Size: Elementary: Secondary:
72% 27% 13.4 13.4 20 22
Services Special Education: Total Students Served: K-12 Speech Only: K-12 Gifted: Elementary: Secondary: Students in Alternative Placements: ESL Program: Total Students Served: Elementary: Secondary:
543 70 60 116 238 59 27 22 5
Food Service: Average Number of Lunches Served Daily: Elementary: 742 Secondary: 569 % Receiving Free/Reduced Lunch: 32% Transportation: Average Number of Students Transported Daily: Public/IU 2,752 Non-public 70 Miles Traveled Yearly: 699,508
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Academic Focus Standards-Aligned Curriculum/Assessments Art, Library/Computer, P.E., & Music Instruction Advanced Placement Courses Band & Chorus Opportunities Block Scheduling Career & Technology Center (CTC) Programs Career Development Curriculum Curriculum Council Elective & Exploratory Courses (Business Ed., Family & Consumer Science, Tech. Ed.) Environmental Education Programs Gifted/Enrichment Programs Musical & Drama Opportunities Pre-K Counts Preschool Service Learning Projects Student Involvement Activities & Clubs Online Enrichment & Remediation Supports World Languages
Student Support Efforts Cocalico Connections Online Learning Program Comprehensive Guidance Program Comprehensive Special Education Services & Programs Credit Recovery Options English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Evening Open Library Extended Learning Opportunities Full-time Health Room Coverage Math/Reading Interventions and Support Multi-tiered Support System Safety Plans & Crisis Response Teams School-based Counseling Student Assistance Program (SAP) Title I Reading Support
Parent-Community Efforts Autism Parent Support Group District & Community Groups (CCP, CEF, District Advisory Council) ESL Parent Workshops Pre-K Parent Workshops Open House/Back to School Events Parent-Teacher Conferences PTA/PTO Parent Advisory Groups Title I Parent Workshops & Advisory Council
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School Performance Profile The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently released the 2015 School Performance Profile (SPP) for Cocalico High School. This public site (http://www.paschoolperformance.org) provides an academic performance score for public schools in the state. Each 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, and • to give schools a methodology to analyze their strengths and needs. Schools receive an academic performance score based upon many factors. Test scores, progress in closing achievement gaps, and degree of student growth over time are factored into the scoring. Graduation, promotion, attendance rates, and evidence of offering rigorous courses also factor into the calculation. In addition, schools may earn extra points beyond the 100-point scoring system for students who have earned advanced scores on the state, industry, and AP Exams. There are no 2015 School Performance Profiles for elementary and middle schools, due to the changes in testing that were implemented in the 2014-2015 school year. Cocalico High School received an impressive overall SPP of 93.2.
Cocalico High School SPP Academic Performance Data
Building Level Academic Score
(This data is used to determine the building level academic score) 80-89.9 70-79.9 60-69.9 < 60 90-100 ★ >100
Not Applicable (NA)
93.2 Federal accountability designations will be displayed when available.
Indicators of Closing the Achievement Gap – All Students Math/Algebra I - % of Required Gap Closure Met ELA/Literature - % of Required Gap Closure Met Science/Biology - % of Required Gap Closure Met
100.00 100.00 100.00
100.00 100.00 100.00
Indicators of Academic Growth/PVAAS Math/Algebra I – Meeting Annual Academic Growth Expectations ELA/Literature – Meeting Annual Academic Growth Expectations Science/Biology – Meeting Annual Academic Growth Expectations
Students Eligible for Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program: No
100.00 82.00 100.00
Other Academic Indicators Cohort Graduation Rate Promotion Rate Attendance Rate AP/International Baccalaureate/College Credit PSAT/Plan Participation
SAT Subject Scores (Averages) Math 526 Reading 515 Writing 497
Science/Biology - % Prof./Adv. on PSSA/Keystone
Math/Algebra I - % of Required Gap Closure Met ELA/Literature - % of Required Gap Closure Met Science/Biology - % of Required Gap Closure Met
Test Participation Rate: Mathematics – All Students NA
ACT Subject Scores (Averages) Math Reading English Science
ELA/Literature - % Prof./Adv. on PSSA/Keystone
Indicators of Closing the Achievement Gap – Historically Underperforming Students
Grades Tested (Keystones) 9-12
Test Participation Rate: Science – All Students
Math/Algebra I - % Prof./Adv. on PSSA/Keystone
Industry Standards-Based Competency Tests- % Competent/Adv. Grade 3 Reading - % Prof./Adv. on PSSA SAT/ACT College Ready Benchmark
Academic Performance Fast Facts
Test Participation Rate: Reading – All Students
Indicators of Academic Achievement
Federal Accountability Designation
Insufficient Sample (IS)
NA 94.67 100.00 65.35
Extra Credit for Advanced Achievement % PSSA/Keystone Adv. – Math/Algebra I % PSSA/Keystone Adv. – ELA/Literature % PSSA/Keystone Adv. – Science/Biology % Adv. – Industry Standards-Based Competency Tests % 3 or Higher on AP Exam
23.7 23.5 22.5 24.4
25.90 10.16 37.01 86.67 60.00
PSSA Results The annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is aimed at measuring a student’s attainment of the PA Standards while also determining the degree to which school programs enable students to attain proficiency of the standards. This past year, the new PSSA exams (aligned to the new PA Standards) were rolled out to every public school student in Pennsylvania. Grades 3-8 were assessed in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. In addition, students in Grades 4 and 8 were assessed in Science. As a result of the new, more rigorous tests, proficiency rates dropped tremendously in both ELA and Math throughout the state. For these reasons, PSSA test scores will not be factored into School Performance Profiles. The following chart depicts the performance of Cocalico students on the 2015 PSSA:
Adamstown Elementary % Advanced
% Basic/ Below Basic 28.5
Denver Elementary % Advanced
% Basic/ Below Basic 19.0
Reamstown Elementary % Advanced
% Basic/ Below Basic 23.7
Cocalico Middle School % Advanced
% Basic/ Below Basic 31.6
Keystone Exams Keystone Exams are end-of-course tests designed to assess performance in the content areas of Algebra, Biology, and Literature. These exams help determine whether or not a student has mastered the standards associated with earning a high school diploma. Beginning with the class of 2017, successful completion of Keystone Exams will be a requirement for graduation. The results below are based on best scores to date generated by students who were in Grade 11 during the 2014-2015 school year. These results were calculated by high school administrators, based on preliminary data. Official results were not available to the public at the time of this annual report distribution.
Algebra I 15.02%
Advanced Pro4icient Basic/Below Basic
Advanced 37.26% Pro4icient Basic/Below Basic
SAT/ACT Exams Indicators of students’ academic achievements include the scores achieved on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the ACT (formerly known as American College Testing). The most recent scores of 2015 high school graduates who took these tests while in high school are slightly higher than their peers across the state.
2015 Average SAT Scores* 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0
Cocalico State Critical Reading
2015 Average ACT Scores** 36 30 24 18
* 157 students took the SAT in 2015 (60% of 2015 graduates). ** 24 students took the ACT in 2015 (9% of 2015 graduates).
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams Students at Cocalico have the opportunity to demonstrate advanced achievement by taking college-level AP courses* during their high school years. During the 2014-2015 school year, students performed at a high level, with 80% of the students who took the exams scoring a 3 or higher (on a 5-point scale) on at least one exam, thus showing proficient or advanced performance on college-level assessments. When compared to students throughout Pennsylvania and beyond, Cocalico students scored very well.
AP Exam Performance -‐ Group Comparison 100.0% 80.0% 60.0% 40.0% 20.0% 0.0%
Cocalico High School Pennsylvania Global
Percentage of AP Students Taking AP Exams** 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%
2010-‐2011 2011-‐2012 2012-‐2013 2013-‐2014 2014-‐2015
AP Course Enrollments 205
* In the 2014-2015 school year, one AP course was held in each of the following subjects: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, European History, and Physics. Two AP courses in Language & Composition and Literature & Composition were offered. Three AP statistic courses were available. ** Percentages were determined by dividing the number of tests taken by the number of AP course enrollments. Enrollment in AP courses in 2014-2015 was the largest in district history.
NOCTI Exams Standardized National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) exams are given to students participating in courses at the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center (CTC). These tests are designed to measure job readiness skills and consist of both a written and performance component. Cocalico students demonstrated exemplary performance on NOCTI exams during the 2014-15 school year. Forty-four students participated in the testing, and 98% of those students scored competent or advanced in both the written and performance components.
NOCTI Exams 2% 7% Advanced Competent
Basic or Below
NOCTI Written Test 2% Advanced Basic 98%
NOCTI Performance Test 7% Advanced Competent 93%
Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS) PVAAS is a statistical analysis of PSSA assessment data and provides districts and their schools with progress data to add to achievement data. This lens of measuring student learning provides educators with valuable information to ensure they are meeting the academic needs of groups of students, as well as individual students. By measuring a student’s academic achievement AND growth, school districts have a more comprehensive picture of their own effectiveness in raising student achievement.
What Is the Difference between Achievement and Growth Data? Achievement: • Measures a student’s performance at one single point in time • Is highly correlated with a student’s demographics • Compares student performance to a standard • Is critical to a student’s post-secondary opportunities Growth: • Measures a student’s growth across time (i.e., across years) • Is not related to a student’s demographics • Compares student performance to his/her own prior performance • Is critical to ensuring a student’s future academic success
PVAAS – English Language Arts District Results
PVAAS – English Language Arts Elementary Results
PVAAS – English Language Arts Middle School Results
PVAAS – Mathematics District Results
PVAAS – Mathematics Elementary Results
PVAAS – Mathematics Middle School Results
PVAAS – Science District Results
PVAAS – Science Elementary & Middle School Results
PVAAS – Keystone Exams District Results
PVAAS – Keystone Algebra I Middle School & High School Results
PVAAS – Keystone Biology High School Results
PVAAS – Keystone Literature High School Results