Low-scoring Pa. district has shortage of teachers

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — One of the lowest-scoring schools in the state has a reason for some of its problems: a lack of certified teachers in some subjects.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/JeTEZv ) reports an art teacher conducts chemistry classes at Wilkinsburg High School, while a health and physical education teacher is handling French classes.

The school scored 36.3 on a scale of 100 in a new ratings system meant to measure which Pennsylvania schools are on path to success. School's scoring 70 or above are considered to be on that path.

The high school's score was the lowest in Allegheny County and the 17th lowest out of schools in 500 districts in the state. Less than 20 percent of its students score proficient in advanced algebra or literature, and just 3 percent in biology.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com