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Governor Corbett Presents Governor’s Awards to Two Red Lion Area Schools; Previews Education Initiative in Upcoming Budget

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Jan. 28, 2014

Governor Corbett Presents Governor’s Awards to Two Red Lion Area Schools; Previews Education Initiative in Upcoming Budget

Red Lion – Governor Tom Corbett today presented the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics to two schools in Red Lion Area School District, York County.

Pleasant View Elementary School and Locust Grove Elementary School each were presented a banner for their academic performance.

“These schools demonstrate the exceptional commitment and dedication of students, parents, taxpayers, teachers, administrators in preparing our children for a successful and bright future,” Corbett said.  “The Red Lion Area community is to be applauded for providing the necessary resources to ensure the success of students.”

Based on the 2012-13 School Performance Profile,, Pleasant View Elementary School attained 95.2 – the highest in the district and the sixth highest of all 116 public schools in York County.

Locust Grove Elementary School followed with a score of 92.9.

“The Red Lion Area School District is pleased to have the Governor and Secretary join us in celebrating our students' academic accomplishments,” said Red Lion Area School Superintendent Scott Deisley.  “The Governor's visit emphasizes to our students that the work they do in school is important and that we are very proud of them. Today's celebration reminds all of us that we need to strive for continuous growth and improvement. Our goal is to achieve this recognition again this year.”

The School Performance Profile gives 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 includes results of the statewide assessments and other measures of student achievement, such as academic growth, graduation rate, attendance rate and promotion rate. The profile also includes raising the achievement of all students and historically underperforming students, such as English language learners, economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities.

The Governor also previewed of one of his education proposals for the upcoming 2014-15 state budget.  The Governor’s Expanding Excellence Program would provide competitive funding to schools that have attained a 90 or higher on the School Performance Profile and are willing to analyze and share best practices that have proven to raise student achievement.  Grant recipients will be responsible for supporting schools across the state that strive to replicate these strategies and techniques.

The Governor, First Lady, Lt. Governor and officials of the Corbett administration are 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.

“I congratulate these schools for achieving this honor and I encourage all schools across Pennsylvania to follow their lead,” said Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq.

Since taking office in 2011, Governor Corbett has put into place education policies to 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 a voluntary model curriculum, lesson plans and classroom diagnostic tools.

Media contact: Tim Eller, 717-783-9802



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