Pennsylvania’s school test results show steady gain

    Pa.’s standardized test results showed improvement for the eighth straight year. Ed Rendell encourages his replacement to make education a priority in the next administration.

    Pennsylvania’s schools are on-track, according to just-released PSSA test results.

    Nearly three in four students met grade level goals for reading and math in last year’s PSSA tests. New data also shows eight in ten Pennsylvania schools met federal No Child Left Behind benchmarks last year.

    Governor Rendell says the number of students meeting grade requirements has increased by 290,000 during his administration.

    He credits increased state spending on education – and urges either Tom Corbett or Dan Onorato to continue the trend.

    “Education is worth fighting for,” he says. “Education is worth taking some hits for. Education might even be worth raising some taxes for. Because it’s our future. It’s our children’s future – but more importantly it’s our future that’s at stake.

    The number of students below grade level reading and math standards has been halved since 2002, according to this year’s PSSA data.

    The state met all 14 No Child Left Behind testing requirements.

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