There are 15 cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania. These schools have a few similarities and many differences. Per the PA Department of Education (PDE), a cyber charter school is an independent public school and a non-profit organization that uses technology to deliver a significant portion of curriculum and instruction. Cyber charter schools are established and operate under a charter through the Department of Education. The differences between schools are vast, and this section focuses on providing data to help families learn some of the key differentiators.
PA School Performance Profile (SPP)
Per PDE, The PA School Performance Profile is an integral part of the Educator Effectiveness System. The SPP provides a school-level academic score for all public schools, including charter and cyber charter schools, and career and technical centers. The SPP’s Academic Performance Score is one of the state’s measures of accountability for public schools in the commonwealth. Many data elements come together to create the academic score, including:
Indicators of Academic Achievement:
PSSA/PASA/Keystone performance, industry standards-based competency assessments, grade three reading proficiency, and SAT/ACT college ready benchmarks.
Indicators of Closing the Achievement Gap:
All student scores are used to define how well a school is making progress toward proficiency of students. Historically Underperforming Students scores are used to define how well a school is making progress towards proficiency of those students who have historically not demonstrated proficiency.
Indicators of Academic Growth/PVAAS:
Measures the school’s impact on the academic achievement level of groups of students from year to year.
Other Academic Indicators – Assesses factors that contribute to student achievement, such as graduation rate, promotion rate, and attendance rate.
The data provided on this page focuses on PA cyber charter schools scores, based on the PDE 2018 SPP Results.
PDE explains that these scores are designed to help inform the public of school performance and allow them to compare schools, while also providing a score for educators to use as part of their evaluation system and a methodology to analyze their strengths and needs.
While SPP scores are no longer used to inform the public about the academic performance of each school (that is now done through Future Ready PA Index), the SPP still serves to provide building levels scores for educators as part of the Pennsylvania educator effectiveness system.
We are proud that the hard work of our students, parents, and teachers has ranked PA Virtual with the highest SPP score of cyber charter schools in 2018.