JSHS Earns Newsweek National RankingWyomissing Area JSHS has been ranked #367 among the top 500 schools nationwide in preparing students for college. The ranking was based on two steps – Threshold Analysis and Ranking Analysis. A high school achievement index based on performance indicators (i.e., proficiency rates on state standardized assessments) using data reported by state to EDFacts at the US Department of Education was used for the Threshold Analysis. Through the Ranking Analysis the schools that met the threshold criteria were surveyed for additional data on college readiness indicators including the number of counselors; college acceptance and enrollment; SAT and ACT participation and performance; AP, IB, and AICE participation and performance; and dual enrollments.
JSHS Earns National RankingThe Daily Beast ranked Wyomissing Area Jr./Sr. High School 317th in the nation among top public high schools. Six indicators including graduation and college acceptance rates; college-level courses and exams, percentage of students with free or reduced lunch, as well as SAT and ACT scores were used from school surveys to compare public high schools. Using 2012-13 data from the Department of Education, Daily Beast contacted U.S. schools who had graduation rates of at least 85 percent. Approximately 1,200 public schools completed their survey. Crunching the numbers further, the over 700 schools that made the final list were praised for providing an academically rigorous program for the most students while best preparing them for college.
Dr. Corbett Babb, Distinguished Principal
On Friday, October 7, at a ceremony held at the Capital Intermediate Unit, Dr. Corbett Babb was recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the National Institute for School Leadership as one of 13 Distinguished Principals in the Commonwealth! This ceremony honored an elite group of Pennsylvania school leaders who are among the very first in the country to receive the prestigious Distinguished Principal designation, recognizing them as leaders in their profession with demonstrated records of improving student learning and commitment to personal growth.
The National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) is implementing a national advanced credentialing system that aims to transform the principalship in America by furthering the professionalization of the position, increasing retention of top school leaders, and strengthening principals’ leadership skills at every stage of their careers.
The initiative is being piloted in partnership with districts in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Mississippi under a three-year, $11 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. NISL partnered with PDE to build the credentialing system in Pennsylvania. As a part of the inaugural group of candidates, Dr. Babb and his colleagues will be trained and certified by NISL to provide training and coaching to other principals, helping improve school leadership across the state.
Congratulations Dr. Babb!
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The Chariot - September 2016
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WASD-One of the 50 Best Places to Teach in PA
Wyomissing Area School District was named by Niche.com as one of the 50 Best Places to Teach in PA! Matter of fact, it is ranked as the 16th Best Place to Teach in PA. Niche.com considered data on teacher salaries, experience and attendance to determine the rankings.
Additionally, the recently-released rankings also considered our academic, safety, and resources. According to Niche.com, "A high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers who are offered excellent support and compensation." Additionally, the ranking provides a "comprehensive assessment of the quality, support and compensation provides to its teachers."
Technology Commttee Meetings Rescheduled
The Technology Committee Meetings of the Wyomissing Area Board of School Directors for the remainder of 2016 have been rescheduled for Sept. 8, Oct. 7, and Oct. 31, at 12:00 p.m., in the Community Board Room of the Junior-Senior High School, 630 Evans Ave., Wyomissing, PA, instead of the previously announced times.