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Pearl River School District

  1. 1. …DU C ATION PEARL RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT PRODUCT OR SERVICE: K through 12 and adult continuing education. 2,500 students plus 1,000 adults in continuing education, 203 teachers. SITUATION ANALYSIS: Pearl River School District (PRSD) is located just 20 miles north of New York City in Rockland County. In 1991, PRSD responded to the national scrutiny toward public education and began to critically examine the district’s academic performance. Since then, PRSD has put strong focus on its core mission – “every child can and will learn” – and pursuing its three strategic goals of improving academic performance, improving public perception, maintaining fiscal stability and improving cost effectiveness. QUALITY PRACTICES: Alignment of PRSD mission and goals is achieved through a “golden thread” quality structure that runs through all levels and units. PRSD’s “balanced scorecard” provides a continuous composite of key indicators of progress in meeting goals and strategic objectives. In working to improve the curriculum, teachers use PRSD’s A+ Approach for Classroom Success, a variation on the Plan-Do-Study-Act method which is systematically deployed throughout the district’s operation. RESULTS: The percentage of graduates who earn a Regent’s diploma, a key PRSD objective, has increased from 63 percent in 1996 to 86 percent in 2001. Student satisfaction has increased from 70 percent in 1998 to 92 percent in 2001, while parent satisfaction increased from 62 percent to 96 percent in the same period. 75 percent of PRSD’s special education students take the SAT exams, compared to 2 percent nationwide. PEARL RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT RECEIVING A REGENT ’S DIPLOMA EDUC ATION EXPERIENCE 100% 100% 80% 80% Student Satisfaction 60% 60% Parent Satisfaction 40% 40% 20% 20% 0% 0% 2001 2001 1998 1998 CAS… ST U DY … . 2

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