Representatives from the five Radnor Township School District schools accept awards for achieving Adequately Yearly Progress: (from left to right) Radnor High School Assistant Principal for Student Affairs Dan Bechtold, Radnor Middle School Assistant Principal Esther Purnell, Wayne Elementary School Principal Anthony Rybarczyk, Radnor Elementary School Principal Therese Borden, and Ithan Elementary School Principal Tronya Boylan. (courtesy Radnor Township School District)
Radnor Township School District learned it made a significant achievement, just in time for the holidays – Adequate Yearly Progress for all five of its schools in the 2010-2011 school year.
"We owe the achievement to our students and staff for their continual hard work," School District Superintendent Dr. Linda Grobman said in an e-mail interview.
Representatives from the five schools, Ithan, Radnor and Wayne Elementary Schools, Radnor Middle School and Radnor High School, attended the Tuesday, Nov. 22 school board meeting to accept plaques from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the achievement.
The AYP, which ensures all students have the math and reading skills necessary for future success, was first used for the 2002-2003 school year. It's based on test results from the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), state-mandated exams in reading and math for grades 3, 5, 8, and 11.
The state uses four levels of achievement – below basic, basic, proficient and advanced – to report exam results.
For the 2010-2011 school year, the government base score for reading was 67 percent, and 72 percent for math. Radnor Township School District schools averaged 92 percent and 93 percent for reading and math, respectively.
Radnor's school district is the only one in Delaware County in which all of its schools have received AYPs for the nine consecutive years since the measurement's implementation.
"It's a tangible return on the district and community's investment in excellence," Grobman said. "We are proud to exceed...however, we are committed to preparing our students for global achievement in the 21st century, so we cannot rest on our laurels."
"We must build for the future and all it holds, which means maintaining and creating robust and rigorous curriculum," she added.