SPP Press Release

Southern Tioga School District





RELEASE DATE:  October 3, 2013

CONTACT:  Keith D. Yarger, Superintendent


Blossburg, Pennsylvania – The Southern Tioga School District announced today that the LEA will use data from Pennsylvania’s School Performance Profile (SPP) to more comprehensively assess the academic performance of each of its schools.   While schools previously received a No Child Left Behind designation, public schools will now receive an academic performance score. An online public portal, the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile will now provide demographic data, academic data, and an academic performance score for public schools in the state.

“Unlike previous measures of our schools, the School Performance Profile utilizes many data points to measure our schools’ academic strength,” said Keith Yarger, Superintendent, Southern Tioga School District.  “While we receive a score for our schools, the more important aspect of this resource is that it allows us to acknowledge our strengths and use the profile as a tool for student improvement.”

The School Performance Profile academic performance score is based not only on test scores but many other factors that signal student achievement. A student growth factor measures how well students are progressing toward proficiency in state assessments.   Also measured are graduation and attendance rates, degree of rigorous course offerings at the secondary level.

Many data elements come together to create the academic performance score.  A score is reported for each school and is based upon indicators that define a high performing school in Pennsylvania.

“Using the data available through the PA SPP provides us with a broader lens to view the academic performance in our schools. Our staff is using these data on Act 80 days to more fully evaluate the programs and services provided to students,” said Mr. Yarger. 

“Our schools welcome an additional view of academic performance.  Our administrators and teachers are always open to new tools and strategies to further enhance data-informed decision making in our schools,” said Mr. Yarger.

Although the scores have changed weekly in the system since the first review was given to superintendents around the state due to data analysis, the current scores for the Southern Tioga School District are as follows and is broken down by building:  WLM Elementary School (82.7), Liberty Elementary School (76.4), Blossburg Elementary School (68.3), Mansfield High School (76.8), Liberty High School (66.8), and North Penn High School (63.5).

Access to the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile is available online at

www.paschoolperformance.org beginning on October 4, 2013.