Close to 100 schools in the District are being honored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for outstanding academic achievement. The Keystone Achievement Award is given to schools that make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) two years in a row.
This time, 94 District schools reached the milestone. In honor of this prestigious achievement, an awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush School, 11081 Knights Road in Philadelphia, prior to a regularly-scheduled, citywide principals’ meeting.
The principal of each of the recognized schools will receive a blue and gold keystone-shaped placard awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education that can be displayed at the school. “I want to congratulate all of our award-winning schools for this great honor and I hope that next year, we’ll have even more honorees,” stated schools Superintendent and CEO Dr. Arlene C. Ackerman.
AYP is determined in part by a school’s performance on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, the standardized test given annually to students in grades 3-8 and 11. A total of 69 elementary, nine (9) middle and 16 high schools in the School District of Philadelphia reached this milestone by the end of the 2008-2009 academic school year.