In 2014, Carbondale Area School District's graduation rate was 89.5%.2013 - 87.7%
2012 - 88%.
2011 - 89%.
2010 - 88%, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate.
former graduation calculation rates
2010 - 92%
2009 - 91%
2008 - 93%
2007 - 93%
Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School achieved 74.5 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 72% were on grade level. In Algebra 1, only 69% showed on grade level skills. In Biology, just 49% demonstrated on grade level science understanding at the end of the course. In eighth grade - 74% of pupils demonstrated on grade level writing skills. Statewide, the percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in Algebra I increased to 39.7% to 40.1%. The percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in reading/literature declined to 52.5%. The percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in biology improved from 39.7% to 41.4%.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,134 of 2,947 Pennsylvania public schools (72 percent of Pennsylvania public schools), achieved an academic score of 70 or higher. Fifty-three percent of schools statewide received lower SPP scores compared with last year's, while 46 percent improved. A handful were unchanged.
Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School achieved 68.5 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 70.24% were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 67.4% showed on grade level skills. In Biology, 42% showed on grade level science understanding. In 8th grade, 84.95% demonstrated on grade level writing skills. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,181 public schools (less than 73 percent of Pennsylvania public schools), achieved an academic score of 70 or higher. Pennsylvania 11th grade students no longer take the PSSAs. Instead, beginning in 2012, they take the Keystone Exams at the end of the associated course.
In 2012, Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School declined to School Improvement II Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP0 status due to continuing low student achievement and low graduation rates. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the school administration was required to notify parents of the school's poor achievement outcomes and to offer the parent the opportunity to transfer to a successful school within the District.2011 - Making Progress: in School Improvement I AYP status due to lagging student achievement.
2010 - declined to School Improvement I AYP status. the school administration was required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, to develop a School Improvement Plan to address the school's low student achievement. Under the Pennsylvania Accountability System, the school district must pay for additional tutoring for struggling students. Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School was eligible for special, extra funding under School Improvement Grants which the school must apply for each year.
2009 - declined again to Warning AYP status.
2008 - achieved AYP status
2007 - Making Progress School Improvement Level I AYP status
2006 - declined to School Improvement Level I AYP status. The Pennsylvania Department of Education required the administration to develop a plan to improve student academic achievement. The plan had to be submitted for approval by the PDE.
2005 - declined to Warning AYP status
2004 - achieved AYP status
2003 - Warning AYP status due to lagging student achievement in reading and math
Pennsylvania System of School Assessments, commonly called PSSAs are No Child Left Behind Act related examinations which were administered from 2003 through 2012, in all Pennsylvania public high schools. The exams were administered in the Spring of each school year. The goal was for 100% of students to be on grade level or better in reading and mathematics, by the Spring of 2014. The tests focused on the state's Academic Standards for reading, writing, mathematics and science. The Science exam included content in science, technology, ecology and the environmental studies. The mathematics exam included: algebra I, algebra II, geometry and trigonometry. The standards were first published in 1998 and are mandated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.
In 2013, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania changed its high school assessments to the Keystone Exams in Algebra 1, Reading/literature and Biology1. The exams are given at the end of the course, rather than all in the spring of the student's 11th grade year.11th Grade Reading:
2012 - 66% on grade level (18% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 67% of 11th graders on grade level.
2011 - 84%, (11% below basic). State - 69%
2010 - 65%, (24% below basic). State - 66%
2009 - 73% (12% below basic), State - 65%
2008 - 81% (4% below basic), State - 65%
2007 - 77% (10% below basic), State - 65%
11th Grade Math:
2012 - 56% on grade level (27% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.
2011 - 65%, (16% below basic). State - 60%
2010 - 56%. (32% below basic). State - 59%
2009 - 62%, (25% below basic), State - 56%
2008 - 64% (18% below basic), State - 56%
2007 - 51% (18% below basic), State - 53%
11th Grade Science:
2012 - 38% on grade level (23% below basic). State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level.
2011 - 39%, (29% below basic). State - 40%
2010 - 30%, (32% below basic). State - 39%
2009 - 36% (26% below basic), State - 40%
2008 - 25% (30% below basic), State - 39%
Science in Motion Carbondale Area High School did not take advantage of a state program called Science in Motion which brought college professors and sophisticated science equipment to the school to raise science awareness and to provide inquiry-based experiences for the students. The Science in Motion program was funded by a state appropriation and cost the school nothing to participate. Schools in the area worked with Cedar Crest College to provide the enrichment experiences.
Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School has a summer school program. When a student fails either Math, English, Reading or any combination of the three, he/she will be required to make these classes up in the summer. Failure to attend and successfully pass the class results in the student being retained in his/her present grade level and the pupil having to repeat all appropriate grade level courses.
Carbondale Area alsoJunior Senior HIgh School implemented a mandatory ―after-school tutoring program for 12th grade students who scored below proficient on their 11th grade PSSA tests. Failure to attend 90% of the classes resulted in the student being banned from participating in: sports, trips, clubs, activities, as well as Graduation and Class Night exercises.
According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 16% of Carbondale Area High School graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading, before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges. Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.
Carbondale Junior Senior High School offers a dual enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books. Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions. For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $1,005 for the program.
The Carbondale Area School Board has determined that students must earn 23 credits to graduate, including: English 4 credits, Social Studies 3 credits, Mathematics 3 credits, Science 3 credits, Physical Education 2 credits, Arts or Humanities 2 credits, Health 0.5 credits, and Electives 5.5 credits.
By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district. At Carbondale Area School District the project is a three-year process which includes a research paper and oral presentation. Effective with the graduating class of 2017, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education eliminated the state mandate that students complete a culminating project in order to graduate.
By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, beginning with the class of 2017, public school students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, and English Literature by passing the Keystone Exams. The exam is given at the end of the course. Keystone Exams replace the PSSAs for 11th grade. Students have several opportunities to pass the exam, with those who do not able to perform a project in order to graduate. For the class of 2019, a Composition exam will be added. For the class of 2020, passing a civics and government exam will be added to the graduation requirements. In 2011, Pennsylvania high school students field tested the Algebra 1, Biology and English Lit exams. The statewide results were: Algebra 1 38% on grade level, Biology 35% on grade level and English Lit - 49% on grade level. Individual student, school or district reports were not made public, although they were reported to district officials by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students identified as having special needs and qualifying for an Individual Educational Program (IEP) may graduate by meeting the requirements of their IEP.
In 2014, Carbondale Area School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 470. The Math average score was 494. The Writing average score was 462. Statewide in Pennsylvania, Verbal Average Score was 497. The Math average score was 504. The Writing average score was 480. The College Board also reported that nationwide scores were: 497 in reading, 513 in math and 487 in writing.
In 2013, 58 Carbondale Area School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 464. The Math average score was 475. The Writing average score was 455. The College Board reported that statewide scores were: 494 in reading, 504 in math and 482 in writing. The nationwide SAT results were the same as in 2012.
In 2012, 71 Carbondale Area School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 462. The Math average score was 470. The Writing average score was 446. The statewide Verbal SAT exams results were: Verbal 491, Math 501, Writing 480. In the USA, 1.65 million students took the exams achieving scores: Verbal 496, Math 514, Writing 488. According to the College Board the maximum score on each section was 800, and 360 students nationwide scored a perfect 2,400.
In 2011, 59 Carbondale Area students took the SAT exams. The district's Verbal Average Score was 460. The Math average score was 487. The Writing average score was 453. Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479. In the United States, 1.65 million students took the exam in 2011. They averaged 497 (out of 800) verbal, 514 math and 489 in writing.
In 2014, Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School offered 4 Advanced Placement (AP) courses at a higher cost than regular courses. Students may take the AP exam after they take an AP course. The fee for each AP Exam is $91 (2014). The school normally retains $9 of that fee as a rebate to help with administrative costs. In 2012, the fee was $89 per test per pupil. Students have the option of taking College Board approved courses and then taking the College Board's examination in the Spring. Students, who achieve a 3 or better on the exam, may be awarded college credits at US universities and colleges. Each higher education institution sets its own standards about what level of credits are awarded to a student based on their AP exam score. Most higher education give credits for scores of 4 or 5. Some schools also give credits for scores of 3. High schools give credits towards graduation to students who take the school's AP class. At Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School less than 10% of students who took an AP course earned a 3 or better on the exam.
In 2013, Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School offered 4 AP courses, with less than 10% of students who took an AP course earning a 3 or better on the exam.
Seventh grades have been tested in reading and mathematics since 2006. Eighth graders are tested in: reading, writing, mathematics and Science. Beginning in the Spring of 2013, eighth graders, who are enrolled in Algebra I take the Keystone Exam for Algebra I at the end of the course. The testing of 8th grade in reading and mathematics began in 1999, as a state initiative.8th Grade Reading
2012 - 76% on grade level, 46% advanced (12% below basic) State - 79%
2011 - 87%, 65% advanced (7% below basic) State - 81%
2010 - 91%, 82% advanced (3% below basic) State - 81%
2009 - 87%, 68% advanced (4% below basic), State - 80%
2008 - 94%, 79% advanced (2% below basic), State - 78%
2007 - 85%, 53% advanced (6% below basic), State - 75%
8th Grade Math
2012 - 77% on grade level. 55% advanced (13% below basic) State - 76%
2011 - 84%, 68% advanced (7% below basic) State - 76%
2010 - 85%, 71% advanced (8% below basic) State - 75%
2009 - 80%, 66% advanced (11% below basic), State - 71%
2008 - 88%, 66% advanced (3% below basic), State - 70%
2007 - 85%, 65% advanced (4% below basic), State - 67%
8th Grade Science
2012 - 50% on grade level. (32% below basic). State - 59%.
2011 - 38%, (46% below basic). State - 58%.
2010 - 44% on grade level. State - 57%.
2009 - 43%, State - 54%
2008 - 58%, State - 52%
The Carbondale Area Junior Senior HIgh School administration reported there were five incidents of bullying in the District in 2012. Additionally, there were five assaults on pupils and no sexual incidents involving students. The local law enforcement was involved in zero incidents at the schools. Each year the school safety data is reported by the district to the Safe School Center which then publishes the compiled reports online. Nationally, nearly 20% of pupils report being bullied at school.
The Carbondale Area School Board has provided the district's antibully policy online. All Pennsylvania schools are required to have an anti-bullying policy incorporated into their Code of Student Conduct. The policy must identify disciplinary actions for bullying and designate a school staff person to receive complaints of bullying. The policy must be available on the school's website and posted in every classroom. All Pennsylvania public schools must provide a copy of its anti-bullying policy to the Office for Safe Schools every year, and shall review their policy every three years. Additionally, the District must conduct an annual review of that policy with students. The Center for Schools and Communities works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to assist schools and communities as they research, select and implement bullying prevention programs and initiatives.
Education standards relating to student safety and anti harassment programs are described in the 10.3. Safety and Injury Prevention in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education.
Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School did not participate in the state's 2013 Safe School grant nor the School Resource Officer grant.
In 2006, the federal government passed legislation mandating every public school have a student wellness policy. The law dictates that each public school district participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq) "shall establish a local school wellness policy by School Year 2006." Most districts identified the superintendent and school foodservice director as responsible for ensuring local wellness policy implementation.
The legislation placed the responsibility of developing a wellness policy at the local level in order that the individual needs of each district can be addressed. According to the requirements for the Local Wellness Policy, school districts must set goals for nutrition education, physical activity, campus food provision, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness. Additionally, districts were required to involve a broad group of individuals in policy development and to have a plan for measuring policy implementation. Districts were offered a choice of levels of implementation for limiting or prohibiting low nutrition foods on the school campus. In final implementation these regulations prohibit some foods and beverages on the school campus. The Pennsylvania Department of Education required the district to submit a copy of the policy for approval. Carbondale Area School Board used a template developed by the Pennsylvania School Board Association to develop its wellness policy.
Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School offers both a free school breakfast and a free or reduced-price lunch to children in low income families. All students attending the school can eat breakfast and lunch. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are provided a breakfast and lunch at no cost to the family. Children from families with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level can be charged no more than 30 cents per breakfast. A foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the State or who is placed by a court with a caretaker household is eligible for both a free breakfast and a free lunch. Runaway, homeless and Migrant Youth are also automatically eligible for free meals. The meals are partially funded with federal dollars through the United States Department of Agriculture.
In 2013, the USDA issued new restrictions to foods in public schools. The rules apply to foods and beverages sold on all public school district campuses during the day. They limit vending machine snacks to a maximum of 200 calories per item. Additionally, all snack foods sold at school must meet competitive nutrient standards, meaning they must have fruits, vegetables, dairy or protein in them or contain at least 10 percent of the daily value of fiber, calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. In order to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 all US public school districts are required to raise the price of their school lunches to $2.60 regardless of the actual cost of providing the lunch. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 mandates that Districts raise their full pay lunch prices every year until the price of non-subsidized lunches equals the amount the federal government reimburses schools for free meals. That subsidy in 2013-2014 was $2.93.
In 2014, President Obama ordered a prohibition of advertisements for unhealthy foods on public school campuses during the school day. The Food and Drug Administration requires that students take milk as their beverage at lunch. In accordance with this law, any student requesting water in place of milk with their lunch must present a written request, signed by a doctor, documenting the need for water instead of milk.
Carbondale Area School District provides health services as mandated by the Commonwealth and the federal government. Nurses are available in the building to conduct annual health screenings (data reported to the PDE and state Department of Health) and to dispense prescribed medications to students during the school day. Students can be excluded from school unless they comply with all the State Department of Health’s extensive immunization mandates. School nurses monitor each pupil for this compliance. Nurses also monitor each child's weight.
Carbondale Area School District offers a variety of clubs, activities and sports. Eligibility to participate is determined by school board policies. in compliance with standards set by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). The District is noncompliant with state law, due to failing to post its Interscholastic Athletic Opportunities Disclosure Form on its website.
By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs, including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.
According to PA Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Act 126 of 2014, all volunteer coaches and all those who assist in student activities, must have criminal background checks. Like all school district employees, they must also attend an anti child abuse training once every three years.
Coaches receive compensation as outlined in the teachers' union contract. When athletic competition exceeds the regular season, additional compensation is paid.
According to Pennsylvania’s Safety in Youth Sports Act, all sports coaches, paid and volunteer, are required to annually complete the Concussion Management Certification Training and present the certification before coaching.
The District funds:Junior High School Sports
According to PIAA directory July 2014