U-CF ranks second in state

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District ranks second
overall in Pennsylvania based on numbers from the 2009-2010 Pennsylvania System
of School Assessment tests.

The district ranked first in reading and fourth in math.

Superintendant Sharon Parker made the announcement during
the Oct. 18 School Board meeting. The announcement followed a presentation on
specific achievement rankings.

Ken Batchelor, assistant to the superintendant, made the
initial presentation. He said scores show a steady growth from 2007.

The PSSAs test students from grades three through 11.
District students scored 93.3 percent proficient in math and 94.2 percent
proficient in reading. The target scores were 56 percent and 63 percent
respectively.

The scores indicate the percentage of students who
demonstrated proficiency in the tests.

All third-grade students at Hillendale Elementary School,
100 percent, tested proficient in math and 94.6 percent were proficient in
reading. Chadds Ford Elementary School students came in fourth in both
categories. Math proficiency was 92.9 percent and reading was 85.7 percent.

However, John Nolen, director of elementary of education
said that 58 of 62 CFES third-graders scored at advanced levels.

Additionally, SAT scores are up for Unionville High School
students. The average score for 2010 was 1731 out of a possible 2400. The state
average was 1475 and the national average was1509.

Other business
School Board member Frank Murphy said negotiations with the teacher’s union
are continuing. He said the reason has been difficulty in getting all members of
the negotiating teams to the table at the same time. The next scheduled
negotiating session is set for Nov. 10.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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