LIMERICK PA – Only eight days after the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center announced that its 2012 graduates had exceed Pennsylvania’s expectations for academic proficiency, it reported Friday (April 18, 2014) that current students attained the center’s highest-ever levels on occupational competency-testing exams.
Ninety-four percent of the center’s seniors, all of whom are from the Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford Area and Upper Perkiomen school districts, scored in advanced or competent levels on their most recent exams, center Principal Rob Weneck said. It represents “the highest level of proficiency ever recorded” at the Gratersford Road facility, he added.
Designed by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute, the exams feature two distinct sections; one is computer-based; the other, performance-based. Each has equal weight, and is given on separate days. The performance section is evaluated by local industry leaders and usually features challenging time constraints.
Students must show complete mastery in both theory and application portions of their area of study to score in the advance range. Several of the center’s technical programs had all of their testing seniors score as “advanced,” Weneck noted. As a result, many will be eligible for college credit.
Pottsgrove Superintendent Shellie Feola serves as this year’s superintendent of record for the center. “We are very proud of the work of the students and staff of the Western Center, and for … this tremendous accomplishment,” she said.