We have had a successful first semester at Providence High School, where the rich tradition of excellence continues. Our students are getting a great education and continue to make us proud. Recently I received notice from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) about an international test taken by students at Providence and their scores as they compare to students in 33 other countries around the globe. The PISA test (Program for International Student Assessment) was voluntary and given to 15-year-olds around the world. It is the world's global test for comparing school systems around the world.
Our school's average score on the PISA was higher than the average scores of the United States as a whole and EVERY participating country in EVERY category (Math, Reading, Science, Computer-Based Reading, and Computer-Based Math). Digging into the data further shows that when compared to schools like Providence (approximately 10% of students eligible for free/reduced lunch), Providence students had a higher average score than any other comparison group in EVERY category. What does all of this mean? Simply put, the students at Providence are outperforming students in the US and in 33 other countries around the world as determined by the PISA test. And, when comparing our students to students in similar schools, our students outperformed those students as well. Wow! It is incredible to see that while the standards remain high at Providence, all students can be successful with teamwork and focus on academic achievement.
Thank you for sharing your children with us and being part of our mission to prepare students to be excellent leaders and citizens beyond life at Providence.
Dr. Tracey Harrill
PTSO President Jackie Cugliari and Dr. Tracey Harrill receive a donation from a representative from Harris Teeter's "Together in Education" initiative.