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Pa. pulling academic scores from website for further review

Submitted On: Friday, October 21, 2016

Analyst: Hower, Aileen

Excerpted from Eric Devlin, The Mercury

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced Wednesday it is pulling the academic data from its school performance profile report card website for further review.

School officials from across the state were invited to attend a face-to-face meeting with state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and Deputy Secretary Matthew Stem to discuss the school performance profile data. At that meeting, the two men will provide additional background information.

In a statement, the Department of Education said it took down the scores after it was alerted to a data accuracy issue with the Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System scores, which are part of the school performance profile growth measure. While it appears only a small number of schools will see “a modest change” on their school performance profile score, ensuring the data being published is accurate was most important. That’s why the department is taking steps to correct the data and calculate new scores. It was later announced that the scores of IEP students were not included in the data.

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