Diagnostic Review of York City School District Unveiled at School Board Meeting

District CRO presented the report and its recommendations

Aug 03, 2015, 18:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Education

YORK, Pa., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- York City School District Chief Recovery Officer (CRO), Dr. Carol Saylor presented the findings of the diagnostic review that was performed on the district by Boston nonprofit, Mass Insight, to the York City school board Monday night.

"This diagnostic reinforces some of what I have seen since I arrived at the district in April," Saylor said. "But the report moves past observations and articulates several robust, but achievable, recommendations that will inform the district's amended recovery plan."

Saylor, who was appointed CRO by Governor Tom Wolf in April, said the diagnostic was aimed at identifying the district's strengths and opportunities for growth in order to update the 2013 Recovery Plan with high-impact items that will help bolster student achievement.

"Dr. Saylor has hit the ground running in York," Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera said. "This diagnostic report will help steer the district's next steps with a consistent focus on improving teaching and learning in the city's schools and provide the district's students with the opportunities they need and deserve."  

The report is the result of feedback collected through interviews, focus groups, and surveys of school and central office staff, community stakeholders and civic leaders, as well as a review of performance data and existing reports and documents carried out in the district in May.

In addition to examining the district's financial standing, Mass Insight also considered other factors including the district's culture, academics, operations, and organizational structure.

Since being appointed, Saylor has worked with existing school leadership to launch several academic intervention programs to be implemented in the 2015-16 school year including extending the school day by 40 minutes, creating a Freshman Academy at William Penn Senior High School to offer additional supports to students as they transition to ninth grade, and offering curriculum revisions to better align curriculum between grade levels.

To view the York City School District's Diagnostic Report click here.

MEDIA CONTACT: Nicole Reigelman, 717-783-9802.


SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Education