11/6/13 The vast majority of Washington Township residents, including at least 170 parents with children attending Dover schools have signed a legal petition, entering the legal process to become part of the Northern York County School District. Northern offers a better education with better managed community schools with a 30% lower tax rate. Northern has demonstrated long-term, higher standardized test scores (ex. SAT, PSSA) as well as a wider curriculum, extra-curricular activities, higher graduation and college placement rates, a better community and geographic fit, much lower in-school crime and truancy rates while offering Washington Township much closer schools on safer roads for travel. As part of Northern's responses to the Secretary's official questionnaire, all Washington Township elementary students would attend Northern and Wellsville elementary schools, offering closer elementary schools (than any Dover school) for all Washington Township students.
10/11/13 The new PA Department of Education school profile, (SPP) ratings and comparison shine more favorably on Northern's schools. Dover intermediate school scored a 71, which is two points away from failing. Comparative analysis and scores, similar to what has previously been documented for most important standardized tests/performance, displays Northern's higher overall #'s and %'s than Dover. We anxiously await the missing finalized numbers for comparison of Dover and Northern's Intermediate and High School numbers, to be made available in January, 2014.
Confirmed SAT scores once again Northern students have achieved much higher SAT test scores than Dover
NORTHERN -- Scored average of 520 (Verbal), 531 (Math) and 598 (Writing)! Northern scores are also higher than state and national averages.
DOVER -- Scored average of 492 (Verbal), 490 (Math) and 466 (Writing).
NORTHERN -- Scored average of 516 (Verbal), 531 (Math) and 500 (Writing)! Northern scores are also higher than state and national averages.
DOVER -- Scored average of 472 (Verbal), 479 (Math) and 444 (Writing). Dover scores average 50 points less per category. <150 points overall.
Northern's SAT performance is outstanding; top of York County, consistently higher than state and national averages. Northern has outscored Dover in the SAT test in every category, every year, thirteen years in a row (since 2000).
A picture says a thousand words, and this map says even more. Note the even distribution of people who signed a legal petition to become part of the Northern district. The map shows no lopsided favoring of any particular section of Washington Township. To the outsider, this map may appear to be somewhat underwhelming. Considering that Washington Township has the second highest number of large, open space parcels in all of York County, the reality of this map begins to set it. The township has a large number of huge open spaces, big farms and many wide open properties. Thus, looking at this map illustrates the vast majority of people, where residences are located (indicated by red dots) representing residents who signed the petition.