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Altoona Area School District

GreatSchools Rating: 6 out of 10. GreatSchools Ratings are based on test results. 10 is best.
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1415 6th Ave
Altoona, PA 16602
Blair County
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PH: (814) 946-8211

  • Grades K-12 & ungraded
  • 7910 students
  • 13 schools

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 PSSA Results

Scale: % at or above proficient

Grade 3

Reading
 74% (2012)
 77% (2011)
 76% (2010)
 78% (2009)
 76% (2008)
 73% (2007)
The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

Math
 81% (2012)
 83% (2011)
 81% (2010)
 82% (2009)
 78% (2008)
 82% (2007)
The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 4

Reading
 72% (2012)
 72% (2011)
 76% (2010)
 70% (2009)
 66% (2008)
 67% (2007)
The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

Science
 85% (2012)
 82% (2011)
 84% (2010)
 83% (2009)
The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

Math
 83% (2012)
 85% (2011)
 90% (2010)
 78% (2009)
 76% (2008)
 78% (2007)
The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 5

Reading
 62% (2012)
 70% (2011)
 65% (2010)
 63% (2009)
 58% (2008)
 56% (2007)
The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

Writing
 63% (2012)
 74% (2011)
 67% (2010)
 61% (2009)
 61% (2008)
 66% (2007)
The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

Math
 72% (2012)
 78% (2011)
 78% (2010)
 73% (2009)
 71% (2008)
 75% (2007)
The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 6

Reading
 75% (2012)
 74% (2011)
 71% (2010)
 67% (2009)
 67% (2008)
 67% (2007)
The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

Math
 85% (2012)
 87% (2011)
 84% (2010)
 77% (2009)
 74% (2008)
 79% (2007)
The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 7

Reading
 75% (2012)
 73% (2011)
 65% (2010)
 63% (2009)
 63% (2008)
 62% (2007)
The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

Math
 84% (2012)
 77% (2011)
 78% (2010)
 72% (2009)
 71% (2008)
 71% (2007)
The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 8

Reading
 77% (2012)
 81% (2011)
 79% (2010)
 76% (2009)
 75% (2008)
 71% (2007)
The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

Science
 63% (2012)
 61% (2011)
 57% (2010)
 52% (2009)
The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

Writing
 83% (2012)
 83% (2011)
 89% (2010)
 79% (2009)
 73% (2008)
 83% (2007)
The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

Math
 82% (2012)
 84% (2011)
 83% (2010)
 72% (2009)
 69% (2008)
 67% (2007)
The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 11

Reading
 73% (2012)
 77% (2011)
 77% (2010)
 75% (2009)
 73% (2008)
 72% (2007)
The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

Science
 48% (2012)
 49% (2011)
 51% (2010)
 44% (2009)
The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

Writing
 93% (2012)
 95% (2011)
 92% (2010)
 90% (2009)
 96% (2008)
 94% (2007)
The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

Math
 68% (2012)
 72% (2011)
 76% (2010)
 66% (2009)
 59% (2008)
 59% (2007)
The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

About the Tests

  • In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science.
  • The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles.
  • The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania.
  • The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

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 PSSA Results By Subgroup

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Scale: % at or above proficient

Grade 3
ReadingThis District
All Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)34%

MathThis District
All Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 4
ReadingThis District
All Students72%
Female72%
Male72%
Black61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)43%

ScienceThis District
All Students85%
Female82%
Male89%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)67%

MathThis District
All Students83%
Female77%
Male89%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)65%
Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 5
ReadingThis District
All Students62%
Female71%
Male55%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%

WritingThis District
All Students63%
Female74%
Male54%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%

MathThis District
All Students72%
Female73%
Male72%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 6
ReadingThis District
All Students75%
Female79%
Male70%
Black74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%

MathThis District
All Students85%
Female87%
Male82%
Black81%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 7
ReadingThis District
All Students75%
Female82%
Male68%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%

MathThis District
All Students84%
Female87%
Male81%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)51%
Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 8
ReadingThis District
All Students77%
Female82%
Male72%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%

ScienceThis District
All Students63%
Female61%
Male65%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%

WritingThis District
All Students83%
Female90%
Male77%
Black77%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)52%

MathThis District
All Students82%
Female83%
Male82%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 11
ReadingThis District
All Students73%
Female76%
Male71%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%

ScienceThis District
All Students48%
Female43%
Male53%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%

WritingThis District
All Students93%
Female98%
Male88%
Black88%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)69%

MathThis District
All Students68%
Female68%
Male68%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

About the Tests

  • In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science.
  • The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles.
  • The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania.
  • The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.
  • The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Testing in Pennsylvania: An Overview

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 Teachers

 
Teacher data was not reported for this district.

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 Students

 
Student Ethnicity
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Source:
EthnicityThis DistrictState Average
Unspecified100%n/a

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 Spending Per Pupil

 

Finance data was not reported for this district.

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