WEST CHESTER, Pa., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School is pleased to announce that it has met the state's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) designation. PA Leadership is a state-wide, tuition-free cyber charter school. Students receive books and computers, then complete their work, interact with teachers and meet with their classmates via the Internet. PA Leadership is one of Pennsylvania's four cyber charter schools to make AYP.
To achieve AYP, the school was required to meet 25 targets set by the state. The targets measure academic performance on the PSSA testing, student participation in the testing, and the school's graduation rate.
Dr. James Hanak, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our students are making amazing strides, and we are proud of them for this achievement. Meeting this goal demonstrates that cyber schooling can be an excellent learning environment. This designation also is a testament to the hard work of our faculty, staff and supportive parents. Great things are happening at PA Leadership and we could not be more excited for the 2010-2011 school year."
The school's proficiency percentages increased for both Math and Reading in all subgroups.
The State Target for Reading proficiency is 63% and Math is 54%. In the Overall Subgroup, PA Leadership students achieved a Reading proficiency of 64.4% not only surpassing the State Target, but also the school's 2009 scores by 5.1%. In Math, there was an overall increase of 6.3% from 2009.
"As a Title 1 designated school, PA Leadership serves a low income population of 75%." Dr. Hanak continued, "We also serve a larger percentage of Special Education students than the average brick and mortar school. This diversity makes it more challenging for us to achieve the state and national standards set by No Child Left Behind."
"The Board of Directors is extremely proud of the faculty, staff, students and parents. Without 100% commitment from each, we would not have reached this goal. I believe it is the dawn of a new renaissance for Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School," said Bill Middleton, Chairman of the Board.
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About PA Leadership Cyber School
PA Leadership Charter School has offices in Pittsburgh, and its home in West Chester, Pa. It is a public charter school open to all Pennsylvania residents and serves nearly 2,000 students throughout the Commonwealth. PA Leadership offers various programs, including Performing Arts, University Scholars, and Leadership training with international learning opportunities. PA Leadership's students reside in 340 of Pennsylvania's 501 public school districts. For more information, visit http://www.palcs.org or call 610-701-3333.
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