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Chambersburg Area Middle School (CAMS) North is celebrating this week.

The school achieved a 100% growth rating from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PA Value-Added Assessment System or PVAAS) in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science.

Teachers and support staff at CAMS North celebrated. This week after learning students achieved a 100% growth rating from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. (Photo courtesy CASD)

Teachers and staff celebrated Wednesday with lunch. The CAMS North student government plans a celebration later for students that were in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th grade last year.

Students demonstrated through PSSA exams that each teacher’s group of students far exceeded the standard for PA Academic Growth. The data also indicates that a significant amount of growth occurred for three years straight.

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“We are proud to be a part of a great family of teachers, staff, and the entire school. Achieving 100% growth targets in Math, ELA, and Science is amazing,” said Kurt Widmann, CAMS North Principal.

How They Did It

He attributed the accomplishment to hard work both inside and out of the classroom.

Teachers have a number of tools that have helped their students reach this point. They use Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and Student Growth Center planning. They focus on building relationships and set aside time for individual student goal-setting meetings.

Teachers meet regularly. They share ideas and work together to improve teaching skills to boost students academic performance. They help students set and meet goals.

AT CAMS North, the effort is paying dividends.

The achievement drew the attention of the district’s superintendent. Dr. Dion Betts said he is proud of not just CAMS North but other district schools working toward the same goal.

“Progress in student achievement is no accident,” Betts said. “It is the hard work and smarts of school teams, parents and, of course, students.

He said Widmann and his team took a “focused approach” and it paid off.

“I’m proud to say every school in the Chambersburg Area School District has the same goal and is working towards that effort,” he said.


According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education website, districts and schools use PVAAS data to ensure students are on a path to proficiency and beyond.

Using PVAAS information, educators can make data-informed decisions to improve student academic growth and achievement.

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