• Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will no longer use Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) to determine a school’s designation. Instead, in accordance with the ESEA Flexibility Waiver, PDE will use four Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) to designate the Title I school as: Reward – High Achievement, Reward – High Progress, Focus, or Priority schools.
    Southern Middle School is one of 10 schools in the 
    Reading School District that has been designated as a Focus School. Early in 2014 a letter explaining the change noted above was sent home to parents of children enrolled in the school. A copy of the letter in both English and Spanish is available for download by clicking on the link below.