The Pittsburgh Business Times has again ranked Windber Area School District as the best school district in the Cambria/Somerset region based on a three-year review of Pennsylvania System of School Assessment results.
This is the second consecutive year that Windber has received the highest overall ranking among the region’s 23 school districts. It is also the second year in a row that Windber has been ranked in the top 15 percent of school districts statewide.
According to the report, the district ranked 58th out of 500 school districts based on three years of PSSA test scores in math, reading, writing and science. The district ranked 67th in 2012 and 83rd in 2011.
Westmont Hilltop School District was second among the region’s school districts at No. 90. Conemaugh Township Area School District was second among Somerset County schools at No. 154.
Windber school district was also in the top three of districts statewide to be recognized as an “overachieving” district, up from a fifth-place finish in 2012.
“This rank takes the statewide rank and adds the percentage of students in the district eligible for free and reduced lunch into the formula,” Pittsburgh Business Times research director Ethan Lott wrote in the report. “A district finishing high on this rank is smashing expectations, and any district above the median point is exceeding expectations.”
Windber Superintendent Rick Huffman said the improving test scores are a reflection of the school district’s ongoing efforts to improve its curriculum and extracurricular opportunities.
“To be recognized as the best school district in the region for the second year in the row and ranked in the top 12 percent of the state — that’s an incredible honor that reflects the commitment that our students, teachers, parents and administrators bring to the classroom every day,” Huffman said in a written release.
The rankings can be found online at www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/promo/schoolguide.