2015-16 State Building Level Academic Scores (BLAS): A 4 Year Comparison

The state released the 2015-16 Building Level Academic Scores (BLAS) for all Cheltenham District schools. Last year only the high school received a BLAS score.

The table below compares the last 4 years of BLAS scores for the Cheltenham Schools. This will be the last year such a comparison can be made. Soon the Future Ready PA Index will replace the existing School Performance Profile--- moving the goal posts again. According to the Commonwealth Foundation, "...the overall trend is to de-emphasize test scores, lower standards, and award credit for course offerings and credentials....."

2012-132013-142014-152015-16
 

2014-15 Montgomery County High School Comparison: Cheltenham HS in the Cellar

The value delivered by our public High Schools can be thought of as the ratio of the measured test performance of that school and the taxes that it takes to attain that performance.

I combined the recently released 2014-15 state test results (available in raw format at this link) with the Montgomery County tax rate table (available at this link) to determine how Cheltenham compares in terms of value with the other districts in Montgomery County. The full spreadsheet is available below.

In terms of value, Cheltenham High School is at the bottom of the barrel. In terms of the percentage difference between Cheltenham High School's test scores and the township's tax rate Cheltenham is deep in the cellar with no relief in sight:

Montgomery County Tax Rate Table: Cheltenham H.S. Value Compared To Other Municipalities.
Municipality High School 2015 School Tax Mills 2014-15 High School Academic score School Tax Mills PERCENT BELOW Cheltenham Rate Academic Score PERCENT ABOVE Cheltenham Score
Municipality High School 2015 School Tax Mills 2014-15 High School Academic score School Tax Mills PERCENT BELOW Cheltenham Rate Academic Score PERCENT ABOVE Cheltenham Score
Ambler Wissahickon SHS 18.261 101.8 58.98% 53.08%
Lower Gwynedd Wissahickon SHS 18.261 101.8 58.98% 53.08%
Whitpain Wissahickon SHS 18.261 101.8 58.98% 53.08%
Narberth Harriton SHS 26.2321 98.8 41.07% 48.57%
Lower Merion Harriton SHS 26.2321 98.8 41.07% 48.57%
Collegeville Perkiomen Valley HS 30.87 98.6 30.65% 48.27%
Schwenksville Perkiomen Valley HS 30.87 98.6 30.65% 48.27%
Trappe Perkiomen Valley HS 30.87 98.6 30.65% 48.27%
Lower Frederick Perkiomen Valley HS 30.87 98.6 30.65% 48.27%
Skippack Perkiomen Valley HS 30.87 98.6 30.65% 48.27%
Lansdale North Penn SHS 23.6223 97.6 46.93% 46.77%
North Wales North Penn SHS 23.6223 97.6 46.93% 46.77%
Hatfield North Penn SHS 23.6223 97.6 46.93% 46.77%
Montgomery North Penn SHS 23.6223 97.6 46.93% 46.77%
Towamencin North Penn SHS 23.6223 97.6 46.93% 46.77%
Upper Gwynedd North Penn SHS 23.6223 97.6 46.93% 46.77%
Lower Providence Methacton HS 27.9 95 37.33% 42.86%
Worcester Methacton HS 27.9 95 37.33% 42.86%
Bridgeport Upper Merion HS 18.96 93.9 57.41% 41.20%
West Conshohocken Upper Merion HS 18.96 93.9 57.41% 41.20%
Upper Merion Upper Merion HS 18.96 93.9 57.41% 41.20%
Conshohocken Plymouth-Whitemarsh SHS 20.5125 90.5 53.92% 36.09%
Plymouth Plymouth-Whitemarsh SHS 20.5125 90.5 53.92% 36.09%
Whitemarsh Plymouth-Whitemarsh SHS 20.5125 90.5 53.92% 36.09%
Pottstown Pottsgrove SHS 39.2522 90 11.82% 35.34%
Lower Pottsgrove Pottsgrove SHS 37.7158 90 15.28% 35.34%
Upper Pottsgrove Pottsgrove SHS 37.7158 90 15.28% 35.34%
West Pottsgrove Pottsgrove SHS 37.7158 90 15.28% 35.34%
Rockledge Abington SHS 29.89 89.6 32.85% 34.74%
Abington Abington SHS 29.89 89.6 32.85% 34.74%
East Greenville Upper Perkiomen HS 23.0622 85.7 48.19% 28.87%
Green Lane Upper Perkiomen HS 23.0622 85.7 48.19% 28.87%
Pennsburg Upper Perkiomen HS 23.0622 85.7 48.19% 28.87%
Red Hill Upper Perkiomen HS 23.0622 85.7 48.19% 28.87%
Marlborough Upper Perkiomen HS 23.0622 85.7 48.19% 28.87%
Upper Hanover Upper Perkiomen HS 23.0622 85.7 48.19% 28.87%
Upper Dublin Upper Dublin HS 31.4099 84.9 29.44% 27.67%
Horsham Hatboro-Horsham SHS 26.848 76.4 39.69% 14.89%
Norristown Norristown Area HS 33.179 71.5 25.47% 7.52%
East Norriton Norristown Area HS 33.179 71.5 25.47% 7.52%
West Norriton Norristown Area HS 33.179 71.5 25.47% 7.52%
Cheltenham Cheltenham HS 44.5156 66.5 0.00% 0.00%
 

2013-14 Pennsylvania School Performance Profile Results for Cheltenham

The Pennsylvania Department of Education released School Performance Profile (SPP) results for Cheltenham Township School District. The table below contains links to each individual school.

Cedarbrook Results 2013-142013-14 Results for Cedarbrook Cheltenham Elementary Results 2013-142013-14 Results for Cheltenham Elementary
Cheltenham High Results 2013-142013-14 Results for Cheltenham High Elkins Park Results 2013-142013-14 Results for Elkins Park
Glenside Results 2013-142013-14 Results for Glenside Myers Results 2013-142013-14 Results for Myers
Wyncote Results 2013-142013-14 Results for Wyncote
 

2012-13 Pennsylvania School Performance Profile Results for Cheltenham

Note that the previous years Pennsylvania School Performance Profile is not directly available from the SPP website. Seleted links below map back to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine (when available).

Cedarbrook Results 2012-132012-13 Results for Cedarbrook Cheltenham Elementary Results 2012-132012-13 Results for Cheltenham Elementary
Cheltenham High Results 2012-132012-13 Results for Cheltenham High Elkins Park Results 2012-132012-13 Results for Elkins Park
Glenside Results 2012-132012-13 Results for Glenside Myers Results 2012-132012-13 Results for Myers
Wyncote Results 2012-132012-13 Results for Wyncote
 

2012 Performance: Pennsylvania Report Cards

Listed below are links to the 2012-11 Pennsylvania Department of Education Academic Achievement Report for Cheltenham Township School District. The complete report is available in pdf format as listed.

 
Screenshot-PennsylvaniaDoEAchievementReport2012-11
 
SchoolSummary LinkPDF Link
2012-11 Cheltenham School District Overall Report CardReport Card SummaryPDF Report Card
2012-11 Cedarbrook Middle School Report CardReport Card SummaryPDF Report Card
2012-11 Cheltenham Elementary School Report CardReport Card SummaryPDF Report Card
2012-11 Cheltenham High School Report CardReport Card SummaryPDF Report Card
2012-11 Elkins Park School Report CardReport Card SummaryPDF Report Card
2012-11 Glenside Elementary School Report CardReport Card SummaryPDF Report Card
2012-11 Myers Elementary School Report CardReport Card SummaryPDF Report Card
2012-11 Wyncote Elementary School Report CardReport Card SummaryPDF Report Card