Crestwood One Of State’s Best In Student Success
By NICOLE FAY BARR
Correspondent

When it comes to not only test scores, but students’ overall success, the Crestwood School District is the best in Luzerne County and is one of the best in the whole state. At the Nov. 17 school board meeting, new rankings were reported that show Crestwood is assessed in the 96th percentile of the nearly 3,000 districts in Pennsylvania.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment,” stated Rice Elementary Principal Kevin Seyer, who reported the new findings to the school board.

While the recent Keystone test results were favorable, the state had given a miscalculation of the district’s overall ranking, explained Superintendent Joseph Gorham. Rather, Crestwood ranked even better than originally reported, as shown in the Pa School Performance Profile, which compiles the Keystone tests with other test scores and data.

“Crestwood’s SPP score is different and different in a way that’s quite pleasing,” stated Gorham. The scores, which can be found on the state’s SPP website, don’t just rank districts in one area, but in every area of academics, from language and math to science and extra curriculars.

“It’s a stew of academic information,” Seyer related. Seyer told the school board and audience that the district should credit three groups for the high achievement –the students, their parents, and the faculty. Of the school’s staff, he said, “Without them doing the fantastic work they do, we would not be successful.”

In the eight counties surrounding Luzerne, there are 75 elementary schools. The SPP shows that Fairview ranks fifth among these schools and Rice ranks second, Seyer reported.

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