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Upper St. Clair School District ranks as the No. 1 school district in Pennsylvania, according to the 2022 School Guide published this week by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

For the third straight year, Upper St. Clair ranks No. 1 among the 105 school districts in the region.

“Teaching and learning through a pandemic created enormous challenges,” Dr. John Rozzo, superintendent of schools, said. “We are incredibly proud of the tenacity and fortitude shown by our students and staff throughout the last two years.”

This marks the first year that Upper St. Clair has reached No. 1 in the statewide rankings, which began in 2017.

“Upper St. Clair’s students were the top-scoring in the region based on this year’s Honor Roll Rank. It is the third straight year Upper St. Clair claimed the top spot on the PBT Honor Roll,” the PBT article states. “Upper St. Clair also landed in the top five in every grade ranking, topping the rankings for eighth grade and seventh grade, and was No. 1 on the statewide rankings.”

For each of the last five years, Upper St. Clair has ascended in the state rankings. Debuting at No. 10 in 2017, the district climbed to No. 5 in 2018, No. 3 in 2019, and No. 2 in 2020.

The 2022 Guide to Southwestern Pennsylvania Schools analyzes school performance data for 105 school districts throughout the seven-county region that includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Typically, the rankings are based on PSSA and Keystone Exam scores – three years of data are used, with the current year given the most weight. Because of the pandemic, PSSA data is from 2018, 2019 and 2021. For Keystones, only results from 2018 and 2019 were included.

The Pittsburgh Business Times released its first regional school rankings in 2005. Upper St. Clair debuted at No. 2 in the region before spending eight consecutive years, from 2006-2013, in the No. 1 spot.

From 2014-2018, Upper St. Clair ranked within the top five each year before regaining the top spot in 2019, 2020 and 2022.

There was no annual ranking in 2021, as testing was suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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