One local elementary school found itself on the state Department of Education’s “low achieving schools” list Wednesday.
Osceola Mills Elementary in Clearfield County, part of the Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District, found itself labeled as such, part of the “Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit” program.
According to the Education Department, students in schools on the list may be eligible to apply for a scholarship through the program.
Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program to give low-and moderate-income students in low-achieving schools the option to attend a participating public or nonpublic school.
The list of schools contains the lowest-achieving 15 percent of elementary schools and lowest- achieving 15 percent of secondary schools, based on combined math and reading Pennsylvania System of School Assessment scores from the 2010-11 school year.
Career and technology centers, as well as brick-and-mortar and cyber charter schools, are not on the list, since parents already have the choice to send their children to these educational entities.
The list of low-achieving schools contains 414 school buildings in 74 school districts across Pennsylvania. The scholarship program has the potential to impact more than 242,000 students.