Results from the 2017 PSSA are in and once again all schools in the Colonial School District (CSD) scored well above the county and state averages on all three sections – math, English language arts and science – of the standardized exam. For the second straight year, Whitemarsh Elementary (WE) School third graders posted the highest percentage of students scoring at the proficient and advanced level in math in Montgomery County. WE's score of 97.8 percent was also the second highest in Pennsylvania.
Conshohocken Elementary (CE) School third graders posted the sixth highest percentage of proficient and advanced students among the 92 schools in the county. The percentage of 88.9 was well above the county math average of 67.7 and the state mark of 54.5.
In English language arts, WE was fourth in the county with 92.2 percent of students being proficient and advanced. Ridge Park Elementary School, Plymouth Elementary School and CE were also well above the county average of 77.4 and state average of 64.6.
Colonial Elementary School fourth graders were among the top third of the 89 schools reporting math scores, and fifth graders were among the top third of the 67 schools reporting English language arts results.
Colonial Middle School eighth graders posted the sixth highest percentage of proficient and advanced students in math and eighth highest percentage in science among the 30 middle schools in the county.
"Our success can be attributed to a continuous improvement model, which means that we are always looking for ways to inspire our students and engage them in their learning," said CSD Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Elizabeth McKeaney. "The result is that CSD students are creative problem-solvers who aren't afraid to ask questions, are eager to explore their world and are excited to try new things. This directly reflects the work of our dedicated and talented staff who provides a caring environment that uses the 'Whole Child' approach to support and challenge every student."