To comply with Pennsylvania's Accountability System and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, all school districts in the Commonwealth issue an annual report card. The purpose of this report is to inform parents and the community of the performance of students on state assessments. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has set targets for each school regarding student attendance, graduation rate, and proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. School districts are obligated to report to the public whether each school has met the required proficiency levels in those areas.
The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is the main assessment tool of the Pennsylvania Accountability System. Currently, students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 take PSSA tests in reading and math. This year students in grades 5, 8 , and 11 are also required to take the writing portion and students in grades 4, 8, and 11 are required to take the science test. Assessment results are reported annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and to the general public via district and school building report cards. More information is available on PDE's web site at www.pde.state.pa.us.
The No Child Left Behind legislation is the federal law enacted in January of 2002 to ensure that all children receive a quality education. Included in the law are the following parents' rights: 1) to review curriculum and instructional materials utilized by their children; 2) to review surveys and/or request that their children not participate in surveys conducted by outside organizations; 3) to request that their child's name not be released to military recruiters without prior parent consent; and 4) to request information about the professional qualifications of their child's teacher. If parents wish to exercise these rights, they should send their request in writing to the building principal.
Any questions regarding the contents of this report should be directed to the Office of the Assistant Superintendent of the Exeter Township School District at 610-779-0700 extension 1028