It's official: Weitzel tapped as superintendent Central Bucks
The Central Bucks School Board has appointed Dr. David Weitzel as superintendent for a three-year term beginning Oct. 9. The decision was made during a meeting last Tuesday.
Weitzel had been serving as acting superintendent since late July, after the board approved a costly separation agreement with former Superintendent Rodney Green, who left the district after nearly nine months.
According to the board, the details of Weitzel’s contract are still being worked out. Before serving as acting superintendent, Weitzel was Central Bucks' assistant superintendent for elementary education. He was a principal at Warwick and New Hope-Solebury elementary schools before coming to Central Bucks. He has also been a teacher in the Philadelphia Catholic Schools, a special education teacher in the Philadelphia Public Schools and has served in three administrative positions at La Salle University, according to information provided by the district.
“I am committed to keeping our focus on our core responsibility, that being providing rigorous and meaningful education for all students to be provided in nurturing and supportive classrooms,” Weitzel said after the meeting.
In other business, Pennsylvania education officials recently released School Performance Profile (SPP) scores for all 3,200 traditional, charter, cyber and technical schools. While schools previously received a No Child Left Behind designation, earlier this month, the state Department of Education (PDE) announced it would unveil, through an online public portal, the results of a new accountability model for measuring the academic performance of Pennsylvania’s public schools.
In the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile, each school is assigned an overall rating on a 100-point scale based upon demographic data, attendance rates, graduation rates and standardized test scores. The score also includes a student growth factor that measures how well students are progressing toward proficiency in state assessments. Also measured is the degree of rigorous course offerings at the secondary level. To calculate the score, the state has come up with a formula based 50 percent on test scores and closing achievement gaps; 40 percent on indicators of academic growth; and 10 percent on other academic indicators, such as promotion and attendance rates.
This performance score is designed with several purposes in mind: to inform the public of school performance, to provide a building level score for educators as part of their evaluation system, to allow the public to compare schools across the state, and to give schools a methodology to analyze their strengths and needs.
The data was released on a website, paschoolperformance.org, and went live last week. All 23 schools in Central Bucks earned an SPP score in the range of 89 to 98.9. CB West’s profile score was not made public because of student coding errors.
School officials across the state complained two weeks ago that technical errors had resulted in many students' tests not being included in the scoring and, as a result, some performance scores were likely to be incomplete. Following these complaints, PDE delayed the release of the SPP data by four days. The Department of Education gave schools the option to suppress questionable data until data input corrections are made. Until then, the department said it would not issue a rating for those schools until January. CB West is projecting its SPP score will be approximately 95 once all data is checked for errors.
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