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Board approves girls lacrosse


A presentation of district PSSA scores were given at last night’s Indiana Area School Board.  Curriculum Coordinator Dr. Mark Gross gave a half-hour presentation of the district PSSA scores last night. He said there was mostly good news and some bad.

Schools are evaluated on various formulas and data sets, but it comes down to whether or not schools achieve adequate yearly progress, or AYP. Gross summarized Indiana Area’s performance by syaing that overall, the district met AYP, but two schools need improvement:

  • The Junior High needs to improve its IEP scores.  IEP stands for individualized education program, students with special need fall into this category. This specific category’s lack of growth mean the junior high is labeled by the state as Improvement I.
  • The Senior High is currently labeled as Improvement II for math scores.

Both schools must submit a plan to the state Education Department addressing their problem areas.

Despite the shortfalls, Indiana Area scored above state average in every grade, but students have to make set amounts of growth from one test to the next to meet state requirements.

In other news, the girls lacrosse team is now an officially recognized Indiana Area sport. Multiple people turned out last night to support the motion. They now have permission to a schedule through WPIAL and use school facilities. The team consists of girls in fourth through eighth grade.

Progress was made on bringing military recruiters back into the high school after eight years of absence. Principal Wade McElheney said the current plan is for recruiters from all branches to come on the same day and set up in the upper commons.

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