Thumbs down: The state Department of Education's new school scoring system got off to a rocky start last week.

School performance profiles were supposed to be released Monday, but discrepancies in the number of student scores from Keystone exams caused the department to delay the launch until Friday.

The new rating system replaces the one based on No Child Left Behind's Annual Yearly Progress.

The profiles rate each school building on a scale from 0 to 100. Schools that score a 70 or higher are considered satisfactory. They take into consideration factors like student growth over a year, graduation and promotion rates for each building and the amount schools improve proficiency over five years.

The release of the profiles was delayed four days because school districts noticed scoring discrepancies when the department sent them a preview of the scores.

Students who took Keystone exams last year needed to mark that the test was an end-of-year assessment in order for it to count toward the profile score. When the preview was given to school districts, officials noticed low scores and realized many students failed to mark that selection.

As many as a quarter of all students in one local district failed to properly mark their exams.

Thumbs up: There's a silver lining in the York County Office of Children, Youth and Families' $217,000 deficit for 2012-13.

It could have been much, much worse.


Earlier projections showed a possible shortfall of more than $2 million.

Human Services Director Michelle Hovis said the county saved money where it could, but still ended the 2012-13 fiscal year with the deficit because there were children in the system who needed services. The caseload has been steadily increasing in recent years.

And the office received a funding increase of $2 million for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. That extra money should cover last year's deficit, Hovis said.

One thumb up, one down: The good news is Caterpillar Inc. is keeping its distribution center and about 200 jobs in Springettsbury Township.

Not so good: It took a $6.44 million carrot to get the company to stay.

That's the value of a funding package the state Department of Community and Economic Development dangled in front of Caterpillar Inc. as the company mulled leaving York County.

Caterpillar announced last week it will purchase and modernize the 1.1 million square-foot property it has been leasing for 13 years at 600 Memory Lane. The multi-year plan includes updating the building's infrastructure, technology and operating systems and equipment.

Caterpillar opened the parts distribution center in 1953.