2014-2015 Annual Report  

11/2/2015

   

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    

Directors

 

 

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.

 

83.07 95.56

NA 94.00

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

NA

NA

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

 

87.50

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

85.26

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

Performance Measure  

Indicators of Academic Achievement

Federal Accountability Designation

 

Insufficient Sample (IS)

  Data Element  

89.69

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

% Proficient

ELA

21.3

50.2

% Basic/ Below Basic 28.5

Math

21.4

30.8

47.8

Science

51.4

43.1

5.5

 

Denver Elementary % Advanced

% Proficient

ELA

26.7

54.3

% Basic/ Below Basic 19.0

Math

19.8

33.1

47.1

Science

63.2

32.9

3.9

 

Reamstown Elementary % Advanced

% Proficient

ELA

22.6

53.7

% Basic/ Below Basic 23.7

Math

20.9

37.9

Science

64.3

25.7

 

 

Cocalico Middle School % Advanced

% Proficient

ELA

19.6

48.8

% Basic/ Below Basic 31.6

41.2

Math

5.4

27.2

67.4

10.0

Science

30.1

39.0

30.9

 

   

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%  

25.69%  

Advanced   Pro4icient   Basic/Below   Basic  

59.29%  

Biology   16.86%  

Advanced   37.26%   Pro4icient   Basic/Below   Basic  

45.88%  

Literature   11.72%  

10.16%  

Advanced   Pro4icient  

78.12%  

 

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  

Math  

Writing  

Cocalico  

515  

526  

497  

State  

499  

504  

482  

2015  Average  ACT  Scores**   36   30   24   18  

Cocalico  

12  

State  

6   0  

English  

Math  

Reading  

Science   Composite  

Cocalico  

22.5  

23.7  

23.5  

24.4  

23.5  

State  

22.5  

22.8  

23.2  

22.5  

22.9  

* 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%  

83%

60%

77%

58%

37%

2010-­‐2011   2011-­‐2012   2012-­‐2013   2013-­‐2014   2014-­‐2015  

AP  Course  Enrollments   205  

164  

159  

162  

254  

2010-­‐2011  

2011-­‐2012  

2012-­‐2013  

2013-­‐2014  

2014-­‐2015  

* 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  

91%  

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

       

 

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