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First Lady Susan Corbett and Acting Secretary of Education Recognize Two Dallas Schools for Academic Excellence

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Feb. 6, 2014

First Lady Susan Corbett and Acting Secretary of Education Recognize Two Dallas Schools for Academic Excellence

Dallas, Pa. – First Lady Susan Corbett today presented the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics to Wycallis Elementary School and Dallas Elementary School in Dallas School District, Luzerne County.

“These schools demonstrate the remarkable commitment and dedication of students, parents, taxpayers, teachers and administrators in preparing students for a bright and successful future,” Mrs. Corbett said.  “Both schools are great examples of the high-quality learning that is taking place in classrooms across Pennsylvania.”

Based on the 2012-13 School Performance Profile, www.paschoolperformance.org, Wycallis Elementary School attained a 94.2 percent, the highest in the district and   the highest among the 60 public schools in Luzerne County that received a score.

Dallas Elementary School followed with a score of 93.1 percent, second in both the district and among all Luzerne County public schools.

“When you can get all of your stakeholders to work together as one cohesive unit you can accomplish great things,” said Dallas School District Superintendent Frank Galicki.  “We are extremely fortunate to have hardworking faculty and administrators who do an outstanding job.  We are also blessed with parents and a school board who knows the importance of an education and continues to support our mission.”

The School Performance Profile offers parents, taxpayers and educators 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 Governor, First Lady and Corbett administration officials are visiting high-performing schools across Pennsylvania to present them with Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Academics. Statewide, 428 school buildings in 164 districts attained a score of 90 or higher.

“Effective educators and school leaders greatly influence student achievement,” said Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq. “I applaud Dallas School District for its excellent educational programs and quality teachers, support staff and administrative team that are dedicated to raising student achievement.”

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, Mrs. 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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