The Jim Thorpe Area School District has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2011-2012 school year. JTASD has made AYP for the sixth year in a row. AYP is measured by the amount of targets that are met through the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams.
The AYP goals for 2011-2012 were: graduation rate- 85 percent or improvement, attendance rate- 90 percent or improvement, mathematics participation- 95 percent, mathematics performance (proficient or advanced)- 78 percent, reading participation- 95 percent, and reading performance (proficient or advanced)- 81 percent.
The district wide results for 2011- 2012: graduation rate- 86 percent, attendance rate- 94 percent, mathematics performance- 79 percent, and reading performance- 74 percent. These results are district wide for grades 3-8 and 11.
Jim Thorpe Area High School results: graduation rate- 86.01 percent, mathematics participation- 99 to 100 percent, mathematics performance- 66.7 percent (which is a significant increase over the previous year), reading participation- 98.4 to 99 percent, and reading performance 72.8 percent. The JTAHS met 15 out of 15 targets and made AYP.
L.B. Morris Elementary School results: mathematics participation- 100 percent, mathematics performance- 82.9 percent, reading participation- 100 percent, and reading performance 78.4 percent. The L.B. Morris met 17 out of 17 targets and made AYP.
Penn-Kidder Campus results: mathematics participation- 100 percent, mathematics performance- 82.2 percent, reading participation- 99.6 to 100 percent, and reading performance 71.9 percent. The Penn-Kidder Campus met 24 out of 25 targets and is in warning. One subgroup did not meet the target.
"The district made AYP and we are very happy," stated Superintendent Dr. Barbara Conway.
She added that 60 percent of the school districts in the state made AYP for 2011-2012.
"We are very, very happy that Jim Thorpe is one of the 60 percent. That's six years in a row that we made AYP in the district."
Keystone exams will begin this December for 11th grade. The Keystone exams will be replacing the PSSA exams. The 11th graders will start the exams with Algebra 1, Biology, and Literature/Language Arts