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Deputy Secretary of Education Recognizes Achievement of Five Radnor Township Schools; Presents Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics

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May 8, 2014

Deputy Secretary of Education Recognizes Achievement of Five Radnor Township Schools; Presents Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics

Radnor Twp. – Deputy Secretary of Education Jill Hans today presented the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics to five schools in Radnor Township School District, Delaware County: Ithan Elementary School, Radnor Middle School, Wayne Elementary School, Radnor Senior High School and Radnor Elementary School.

“These schools demonstrate the commitment of parents, taxpayers, teachers, administrators and students in preparing our children for a successful and bright future,” Hans said.  “The Radnor Township community is to be applauded for providing students with the necessary resources to be successful.”

Based on the 2012-13 School Performance Profile, www.paschoolperformance.org, Ithan Elementary School attained a 100.2 percent, the highest score in the district and, the highest among all 104 public schools in Delaware County and the fourth highest of all 3,004 public schools across the state.

Radnor Middle School followed with a 99.1 percent, Wayne Elementary School with a 97 percent, Radnor Senior High School with a 96.7 percent and Radnor Elementary School with a 92.1 percent.

“This is a team effort. Our teachers, administrators and all other staff members work together every day to help Radnor students succeed and thrive,” said Radnor Township School District Superintendent Michael Kelly.  “Each school's high score is a testament to this collective effort. We will continue to do what got us here: focusing on student achievement and growth while maintaining a safe and caring learning environment.”

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 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, 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.

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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