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First Lady Susan Corbett Recognizes Academic Achievement of Mooreland Elementary School in Carlisle

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Jan. 13, 2014

First Lady Susan Corbett Recognizes Academic Achievement of Mooreland Elementary School in Carlisle

Carlisle – First Lady Susan Corbett today presented the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics to Mooreland Elementary School in Carlisle Area School District, Cumberland County.

“Mooreland Elementary School demonstrates the invaluable partnership between students, parents, teachers, administrators and support staff,” said Mrs. Corbett.  “I commend the school and community for their commitment to ensuring that our children receive a quality education.”

Based on the 2012-13 School Performance Profile, www.paschoolperformance.org, Mooreland Elementary School attained a score of 93.9 percent, the highest score in the district.

“The Carlisle Area School District is proud to be recognized with the Governor’s Award for Mooreland Elementary School,” said Carlisle Area School District Superintendent John Friend.  “It is an honor for the students, staff and parents of Mooreland Elementary School to receive the award from First Lady Susan Corbett this morning. The new School Performance Profile allows educators to clearly recognize the schools achievements and the areas that need continued work.”

The School Performance Profile provides parents, taxpayers and educators with access to a comprehensive, straight-forward and user-friendly resource that provides detailed information about the academic performance of all public schools, including traditional public schools, brick-and-mortar and cyber charter schools, and career and technology centers.

The profile relies on results of the statewide assessments as well as incorporating other measures of student achievement, such as academic growth from year to year; graduation rate; attendance rate and promotion rate. The profile also includes increasing the achievement of all students and historically underperforming students, such as English language learners and economically disadvantaged students.

The Governor, First Lady and officials of the Corbett administration will be visiting high-performing schools across Pennsylvania to present them with Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Academics. Statewide, 428 school buildings attained a score of 90 or higher.

“On behalf of Governor Corbett, I congratulate Mooreland Elementary School for achieving this honor and I encourage all schools to follow their lead,” Corbett said.

Since taking office in 2011, Governor Corbett has put into place education policies that increase accountability, enhance transparency and provide support systems for public schools. These include a new, comprehensive educator evaluation system that relies on multiple measures of student achievement; improved academic standards and assessments to ensure students are prepared for postsecondary opportunities; and no-cost, high-quality educational resources, such as voluntary model curriculum, lesson plans and classroom diagnostic tools.

Additionally, First Lady Susan Corbett has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Team Pennsylvania Foundation to implement the Opening Doors initiative.  The initiative aims to increase the graduation rate in Pennsylvania and open the doors of educational opportunity to thousands of students.

One component of the Opening Doors initiative is the Early Warning System, which is a computer-based “dashboard” that provides timely student education data to educators that can assist in identifying students at risk of dropping out of school.

As a voluntary resource, the Early Warning System is being piloted in four Pennsylvania School Districts and will be available at no cost to all schools across the state in the 2014-15 school year.

Media contact: Ashley Mostek, First Lady’s Office, 717-787-1965

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