PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Today was the first day of school for Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Dr. Linda Lane, superintendent, announced the district achieved Adequate Yearly Progress.

It means the school district met certain milestones in terms of test scores and attendance and is significant in terms of the state’s No Child Left Behind guidelines.

“The goal was to have all our students meet proficiency by the end of 2014 and of course as you know, in most cases those goals have not been met in most districts,” Lane said.

She says in spite of the budgetary cutbacks, the district will keep the momentum going.

Earlier, Dr. Lane was at Arsenal School to greets students.

She says students at that school have been steadily improving their PSSA scores.

She says the percentage of students in grades 3-5 who have scored proficient or advanced in reading has increased by nearly 20 percent.

Math proficiency is also up.

Dr. Lane has a new blog she hopes to use to increase communication with students and families.

It will be updated regularly on the district’s website.

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