Progress report discussion focuses on future

During Thursday night's meeting of the St. Marys Area School District board of directors, Superintendent Ann Kearney presented information on the annual yearly progress report and explained how the district will adopt and meet new state standards and requirements related to curriculum and graduation. "We are now transferring our instruction from the Pennsylvania standard [assessment] anchors that we were teaching to and now we're trying to transition over to the Keystone Exams," Kearney said. In discussing upcoming changes to graduation requirements, Kearney explained that by 2014, students will have to pass the Keystone Exams. "There are some graduation changes that are being put into place. Students in 2014 will have to pass the Keystone exams. The states are trying to get the federal government have the Keystone Exams approved rather than taking the PSSAs and that has not happened yet," Kearney said. Statistics found within the SMASD progress report show that of the 170 SMAHS students in the 2011 graduating class, 59.4 percent plan on attending college, 4.7 percent on attending a non-degree school, 11.8 percent on entering the workforce, 5.3 percent on becoming a white-collar worker, 9.4 percent as service workers, 8.8 percent have enlisted in the military and .6 percent are unknown as to what their postsecondary schooling career will entail.