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PA Cyber statement on 2015 PSSA scores

Sep 29, 2015

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School Chief Academic Officer, Alan Fritz, today issued the following statement in response to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s release of the 2015 PSSA scores:

“We have reviewed the PSSA scores released today by PDE, and concluded that the same trends exist here at PA Cyber as across the state. As Secretary Pedro Rivera stated, ‘It's crucial that people understand comparing old scores to new scores isn't a reliable indicator of student growth or academic achievement. This year's results are truly the new benchmark.’

“That said, PA Cyber is dedicated to providing academic support and remediation for all students, from the most academically successful to the most at-risk. We continue to embrace proven mechanisms that equip our students with tools to thrive, while adapting to the ever-changing complexion of education and accountability.

As the department aptly noted, ‘Assessment scores represent a snapshot in time of student performance, and should not be considered the sole indicator of student achievement.’ Nevertheless, they have given us important data we can use to strengthen existing efforts or implement new ones to improve student performance.”

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Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.