Washington Township Education Coalition 



   FOR YOUR INTEREST:  Our state representative, Mike Regan is hosting a town meeting next week at the Warehouse church on Big Dam Road, April 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  - Mike (and Senator Pat Vance are supporters of the Washington Township Education Coalition, working to assist the people of Washington Township in achieving our goal of transfering from DASD to the Northern York County School District.  See you there. 


            April 17, 2014      
 
       On March 11, 2013, our case was submitted to the Department of Education by the York County Court of Common Pleas.  Thirteen months later, acting Secretary Dumaresq and Department of Education staff have not provided a decision on the educational merit of our case.  We have no explanation for why there has been no decision after a full year of review.
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  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 an outstanding education, proven performance and educational outcomes, with better managed community schools and a 30% lower tax rate.  Northern has demonstrated long-term, higher standardized test scores (ex. SAT, AYP/NCLB, PSSA) as well as a higher districtwide score on the new school performance profile, 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, school arrests and truancy rates (than Dover) while offering Washington Township much closer schools on safer roads for travel.  As part of Northern's and WTEC's responses to the Secretary's official questionnaire, all Washington Township elementary students would most likely attend Northern and Wellsville elementary schools, offering closer elementary schools (than any Dover school) for all Washington Township students.  

-   The petition process ended in May, 2012.  Since March 2013, we have awaited the Secretary's decision on the educational merit of our case.  This decision is only one part of the process, with other required steps to follow. 

12/12/13   The new PA Department of Education's School Performance Profile (SPP) ratings and comparison shine more favorably on Northern's schools.  Notably, Northern's aggregate score is 83.98, Dover's is 78.12.  Northern has an elementary school in the top ten of all schools in the nine county region of the midstate, juxtaposed with Dover intermediate school's score of 71, which is two points away from a failing score.  As expected, a 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.  Over time, with more revealing figures to become available next year, the new DOE rating system is a new portrayal of district performance from the previous AYP/NCLB system.     

10/2/13   
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). 

2012
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 (or map) says a thousand words.  This map illustrates the even distribution of people who signed the 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.  Yet, considering that Washington Township has the second highest number of large, open space parcels of all townships in York County, the reality of this map begins to set in.  Due to decades of wise land use practices, Washington 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 they live and where residences are located (indicated by red dots) representing residents who signed the petition.   
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