The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 13, 2012

Westmont schools meet state AYP target

Frank Sojak

JOHNSTOWN — The Westmont Hilltop school board on Monday learned that all three of its schools met the Adequate Yearly Progress target set by the state for the 2011-12 school year.

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment result show that overall, Westmont students also scored higher than their classmates did the previous year. The results show that in a number of cases, the students far exceeded state standards.

The assessment tests covered the subjects of reading, mathematics and science and were given to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11.

District Superintendent Susan J. Anderson said that while the results give the district a reason to celebrate, there remains room to improve. Educators will analyze the results to determine how best to move forward, she said.

Board President Diana Schroeder said students, educators and administrators have been working hard to reach the goals.

“With the available data (from the test results), we are better able to meet the individual needs of students,” Schroeder said. “That is a reflection on the ongoing process in meeting the state’s goals.”

In other matters, the board agreed to have Reynolds Energy Services Inc. of Harrisburg and the Pittsburgh office of Trane Heating and Cooling submit comprehensive plans to reduce energy costs in the district. The company whose plan is not chosen would be reimbursed no more than $15,000 for its work.

The state Department of Education is encouraging and financially supporting efforts to conserve energy.


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