New Castle News

December 13, 2013

Local schools’ performance data released

Debbie Wachter
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s school grading data released this week shows some Lawrence County schools have room for improvement.

Pennsylvania’s School Performance Profiles — report cards for each school’s academic performance — compare to scoring by a classroom teacher who grades by straight percentage, where 90 percent or higher is an A, 80 percent or higher a B, 70 percent or higher a C and 60 percent a higher a D. Anything under 60 is a failing grade.

While some of the elementary levels of the New Castle school district scored what would be high Bs, George Washington Intermediate Elementary had the only failing grade in the county at 57 percent.

Several other individual schools, including New Castle Junior/Senior High, scored in the 60s.

Union school district had two schools with scores in the 60s, and Laurel and Mohawk each had one.

New Castle is considered a Title I school district, meaning more than 40 percent of its students are poor and qualify for a free or reduced lunch. That designation qualifies schools for extra federal funds for reading and math. Those schools are required to meet more rigorous federal standards under the No Child Left Behind Act.

When New Castle initially received its test scores in October, superintendent John J. Sarandrea said the district would be spending a lot of time this year focusing on improving the test scores.

Below are the results for all of the individual school scores countywide, by district:

Ellwood City

North Side Primary School, 84.3

Hartman Intermediate School, grades five and six, 89.9

Perry Lower Intermediate School, grades three and four, 82.9

Lincoln Junior/Senior High, 75.7


Elementary, 85.3

Junior/senior high, 65


Elementary, 84.8

Junior/senior high, 66.6


Elementary, 87

Junior/senior high, 84.9

New Castle

John F. Kennedy Primary Center, grades one, two and three, 82.2

Thaddeus Stevens Primary Center, grades one, two and three, 70

West Side Primary Center, grades one, two and three, 88

George Washington Intermediate Elementary School, grades four, five and six, 57

New Castle Junior/Senior High, 62.5


Elementary, 82.8

Junior/senior high, 91


Elementary, 86.2

Middle school, 69.3

High school, 63.6


New Wilmington Elementary, 78.9

Pulaski Elementary, 88.2

Middle school, 87.1

High school, 70.9 percent