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  • Writer's pictureRachel Langan

90% of WCASD 8th Graders* Struggle with Basic Math


Today we're going to look at 2022 PSSA data to see how Historically Underperforming students scored.


*The state defines Historically Underperforming students as "a non-duplicated count of students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students, and English Language Learners enrolled for a full academic year taking the PSSA/Keystone Exams."


Yesterday we looked at the 2022 data for ALL 8th graders across the school district. Today we are going to look at the data that specifically identifies Historically Underperforming 8th graders across the district. (Note that the 8th graders below are currently in 9th grade. (See this post for more info on how the PSSA is scored.)


Fugett Historically Underperforming 8th Graders (74-75 students in test sample)

  • 8.1%% advanced in English & 2.7% advanced in math

  • 47.3% proficient in English & 6.7% proficient in math

  • 28.4% basic in English & 25.3% basic in math

  • 16.2% below basic in English & 65.3% below basic in math

  • 90.6% of Historically Underperforming Fugett 8th graders scored basic or below basic in math.

Peirce Historically Underperforming 8th Graders (89-93 students in test sample)

  • 3.4% advanced in English & 2.2% advanced in math

  • 31.5% proficient in English & 7.5% proficient in math

  • 42.7% basic in English & 19.4% basic in math

  • 22.5% below basic in English & 71% below basic in math

  • 90.4% of Historically Underperforming Peirce 8th graders scored basic or below basic in math.

Stetson Historically Underperforming 8th Graders (73-75 students in test sample)

  • 13.3% advanced in English & 4.1% advanced in math

  • 36% proficient in English & 6.8% proficient in math

  • 28% basic in English & 13.7% basic in math

  • 22.7% below basic in English & 75.3% below basic in math

  • 89% of Historically Underperforming Stetson 8th graders scored basic or below basic in math.

Is WCASD living up to their mission "to educate and inspire our students to achieve their personal best"?


How can our district prioritize equity and social justice when 90% of Historically Underperforming students are not equipped with basic math skills?


Wouldn't it make more sense to prioritize the disparity in educational outcomes right here in our classrooms?


Do you know that our district has spent over $1 MILLION on equity training and materials? How is that money helping our students?


What is WCASD doing to remedy this disparity?







1 Comment


Shirley LeClerc
Shirley LeClerc
Feb 03, 2023

When asked, how did the school district respond?

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