SYCSD receives Keystone Awards
By TERRI REUTER
Publications/public information coordinator,
Southern York County School District
Glen Rock, Pa – The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently recognized all five schools within the Southern York County School District with Keystone Achievement Awards for outstanding performances during the spring 2011 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing. This marks the eighth consecutive year that district schools have received Keystone Awards.
The Keystone Achievement Award is presented to a public school that has achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards for two consecutive years. The latest Keystone Award is for the District schools’ meeting AYP standards in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years.
AYP is determined, in part, by a school’s performance on the PSSA, the standardized test given annually to students in grades 3-8 and 11. The PSSA measures how well students have achieved in reading, mathematics, science and writing, according to Pennsylvania’s academic standards.
According to Sandra Lemmon, assistant superintendent, the school district was one of three in all of York County to meet all 17 targeted assessed areas.
“We are very proud to have all five of our schools receive the Keystone Achievement Awards,” said Thomas Hensley, superintendent. “This is a testament to all of the hard work by our students, teachers, staff, and administrators.”