The WAHS product making big strides

A few short years ago Williamsport Area High School was on the lowest status on the state of Pennsylvania’s System of School Assessments.

It is now meeting those standards.

The school’s PSSA proficiency has risen by 12 percent between 2010 and 2012. Its Individualized Reading Program rating has increased by 18 percent. Math scores rose by 12 percent in the state’s rating system.

The school has produced half of Lycoming County’s National Merit Finalists and earned a spot on the College Board Advanced Placement Honor Roll for two straight years.

These advancements haven’t been produced by a magic bullet, but “one-degree adjustments,” according to Principal Michael Reed.

Among the list of changes Reed detailed in a recent Sun-Gazette article, a couple stand out to us.

He said meetings with personnel prompted an increase of 25 minutes in instruction time for each school day. To us, there will never be a substitute for quality classroom time between a good teacher and engaged students.

To get these students more engaged, a change in instructional approach from the traditional “stand and deliver” theme to different methods, with teaching coaches implemented to help with the changes.

To prevent dropouts, the school began a summer program for incoming freshmen to introduce them to the building and teachers.

And the results have followed.

Congratulations to the school’s leadership, teachers and students for their accomplishments. Keep it coming.