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Pittsburgh Business Times: Mt. Lebanon School District now tops in Western Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- There's a new No. 1 atop the Honor Roll list ranking the top-performing school districts in Western Pennsylvania, according to the 10th annual Pittsburgh Business Times 2014 Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools, which is being released today.

Our latest ranking places the Mt. Lebanon School District in the overall top spot, supplanting Upper St. Clair School District, which was No. 1 for the past eight years running.

The PBT Honor Roll ranks the 105 school districts in the Pittsburgh metro area (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties). The rankings in the Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools are based on three years of Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test scores, using a proprietary formula.

This year's top 10 districts are as follows: Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair, Hampton Township, South Fayette Township, North Allegheny, Fox Chapel, Peters Township, Quaker Valley, Pine-Richland and Franklin Regional.

The guide also ranks all 500 school districts across Pennsylvania. The top 10 statewide for 2014 are: Unionville-Chadds Ford (Chester County); Mt. Lebanon (Allegheny); Radnor Township (Delaware); Upper St. Clair (Allegheny); Tredyffrin-Easttown (Chester); Hampton Township (Allegheny); South Fayette Township (Allegheny); North Allegheny (Allegheny); Lower Merion (Montgomery); and Wallingford-Swarthmore (Delaware).

In addition to the district ranks, the guide also ranks schools in the seven-county Pittsburgh metro by performance by grade; and "overachievers,"  which takes the overall ranking and adds a district's economics to the formula. The result identifies regional and statewide districts that are outperforming expectations.

Readers can access this year's guide online at www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/feature/schools-guide-2014/. It is also available for free to all subscribers to the weekly edition of the Business Times, and can be purchased from newsstands for $6.50 cover price.

For more information on this year's results, please contact Pittsburgh Business Times Research Director Ethan Lott at 412-208-3823.

SOURCE Pittsburgh Business Times

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