Several York County schools are among those that state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says should have received help from the education department based on their School Performance Profile scores.
According to 2013-14 SPP scores, around 800 schools scored lower than a 70, the score the state has generally deemed as acceptable.
DePasquale’s report says that of those, 561 schools received no “substantial assistance” from the department to try to improve. That list includes:
- Helen Thackston Charter School, York
- Lincoln Charter School, York
- Newberry Elementary, West Shore School District
- Lincolnway Elementary, West York Area School District
- Davis and Devers K-8 schools, York City School District
- Dover Area Intermediate School, Dover Area School District
- South Eastern Middle School-East, South Eastern School District.
Schools that did receive assistance were those the state was required to by the federal government, according to Depasquale. The federal government requires assistance to those schools receiving Title I funding, aimed at schools with large low-income populations, that are among the lowest-performing in the state
The auditor general believes it shouldn’t only be those federally designated schools receiving help. Any school that the department believes is academically challenged should be getting some kind of help, he said.
“Designating a school as not successful and leaving them out on their own doesn’t make any sense to me,” he said.
The report notes that the department, when asked, pointed to online resources that are available to all schools. The auditor’s office questions whether those are effective.
The report includes suggestions for how the department should work to address those schools moving forward.
Education department spokeswoman Nicole Reigelman provided the following statement on the report:
“Every child deserves access to a quality education in a safe and healthy environment—that is a goal the department strives for each day Department of Education leadership has reviewed the auditor general’s findings and recommendations, and is addressing any necessary corrective action to ensure equitable access to a quality education for students across the commonwealth.”