How the SPP is Calculated

  • Pie graph showing how SPP score is calculated
    Academic achievement – 40 percent of a school’ SPP score will be derived from how its students perform on the PSSAs for reading, writing, science and math, as well as the percentage proficient/advanced on the grade 3 reading assessment. At the high school level, SAT/ACT and Keystone Exam scores will be a part of this number.
  • Academic improvement in all students – 5 percent of a school’s SPP score will be derived from the progress a school makes increasing the percentage of students achieving at advanced or proficient levels, with the target being 100 percent of students scoring proficient or higher. The benchmark for success is defined as closing one-half of the achievement gap over a six-year period. For more information, click here.
  • Academic improvement in historically underperforming students – 5 percent of a school’s SPP score will be derived from the progress that a school makes increasing the percentage of historically underperforming students achieving advanced or proficient levels. Historically underperforming students are those who are economically disadvantaged, English Language Learners or identified as having a disability. For more detail, see link above.
  • Academic growth – 40 percent of a school’s score will be derived from its progress toward growth expectations. This is measured through the Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS). 
  • Other factors – 10 percent of a school’s score will be made up of factors such as graduation rates, Advanced Placement scores, college credit, and attendance rates.
Schools may earn up to 7 additional points via Extra Credit for Advanced Achievement based upon advanced performance on state assessments, as well as for students earning a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement exam.

To learn more about the State's calculation of the building level SPP score, please click here.