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4/29/2014

First Lady Susan Corbett Presents Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics to Camp Hill High School

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April 29, 2014

First Lady Susan Corbett Presents Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics to Camp Hill High School

Camp Hill – First Lady Susan Corbett today presented the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics to Camp Hill High School in Camp Hill School District, Cumberland County.

“Camp Hill High School is an example of the high-quality learning that is taking place in schools and classrooms across Pennsylvania,” Corbett said.  “I commend the high school and the community for their commitment to ensuring that our children receive a quality education.”

Based on the 2012-13 School Performance Profile, www.paschoolperformance.org, Camp Hill High School attained a score of 93.9 percent, the highest score in the district and tying for the highest score of all 50 public schools in Cumberland County.

“Camp Hill High School and the Camp Hill School District are honored to receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics,” said Camp Hill School District Superintendent Dr. David Reeder.  “We know that excellence is achieved through hard work and perseverance.  Our students demonstrate this commitment every day in all curricular and extracurricular venues.  I would like to thank our staff for providing a quality instructional program, and our parents for their unwavering support for education in the Camp Hill School District.  This is truly an honor for the entire Camp Hill community!”

The School Performance Profile gives parents, taxpayers and educators comprehensive, straight-forward and user-friendly information via the internet.  The website provides academic performance information from 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 as well as incorporating 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, First Lady and administration officials are visiting high-performing schools across Pennsylvania to present the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics. Statewide, 428 school buildings attained a score of 90 or higher.

“On behalf of Governor Corbett, I congratulate Camp Hill High School for achieving this honor, and I encourage all schools throughout Pennsylvania to follow its 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 by identifying middle school students who may be at risk of dropping out of school.

A component of Opening Doors is the Early Warning System, which is a computer-based program that provides individual student education data to educators to help them identify students who are at risk of dropping out.

The Early Warning System is being piloted in four Pennsylvania school districts and will be available at no cost to 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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