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Thursday, November 3, 2016 1:41 PM

Governor Wolf signed House Bill 1734 into law yesterday. It extends the Act 48/45 window for another year. It is now Act 118 of 2016. Click here to review the bill.

 
Thursday, November 3, 2016 10:43 AM

On Wednesday, joined by the Department of Human Services secretary, corrections Secretary John Wetzel highlighted the importance of early childhood education and the difference it can make for some of the state’s most vulnerable children.

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Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, Nov. 3, 2016.

 
Thursday, November 3, 2016 10:43 AM

Data from the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection now has provided more detail about just how wide the gaps are in educational opportunity between privileged, mostly White, students and low-income students of color in Pennsylvania. 

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Source: Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Nov. 2, 2016.

 
Thursday, November 3, 2016 10:42 AM

How do you judge how good a school is? Test scores? Culture? Attendance? In the new federal education law, states are asked to use five measures of student success. The first four are dictated by the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. Three are related to academics — like annual tests and graduation rates. The fourth measures proficiency of English language learners.

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Source: NPR.org, Nov. 3, 2016.

 
Thursday, November 3, 2016 9:13 AM

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) recently launched its new ESSA toolkit. The toolkit includes downloadable fact sheets on the major provisions of ESSA, tips for principals on how to communicate with their state leaders and model legislation for states to use their Title II funding to support principals. There are three bill templates on 1) adoption of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015 and alignment to the principal evaluation and support system, 2) induction and mentoring for new principals or APs, and 3) creation of loan forgiveness programs for principals.

 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 11:01 AM

Recently, we published a story that analyzed the effects of the dramatic enrollment swings that have taken place in Pennsylvania school districts over the past 25 years. The interactive graphic above was included in that piece, but it's worth noting as a tool in and of itself. The graphic is sharable, downloadable and able to view in full-screen.
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Oct. 31, 2016.

 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 11:00 AM

The Pennsylvania House has approved a bill that would give Pennsylvania’s vocational students alternatives to passing the Keystone Exam for graduation.

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Source: Tribune Democrat, Oct. 30, 2016.

 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 10:54 AM

A study published in the Review of Educational Research today suggests that school climate is something educators and communities should prioritize — especially as a way to bridge the elusive achievement gap. The authors analyzed more than 15 years' of research on schools worldwide, and found that positive school climate had a significant impact on academics.
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Source: NPR.org, Nov. 1, 2016.

 
Friday, October 28, 2016 1:39 PM

A scoring error in the 2016 school report cards has been corrected and this information that helps parents and taxpayers track the performance of their local schools is once again accessible on the state Department of Education's school performance website

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Source: Pennlive.com, Oct. 27, 2016.

 
Friday, October 28, 2016 1:39 PM

Lawmakers left town Thursday without finishing pension reform, but they did complete a furry of bills including a controversial measure that shields the identities of police involved in shootings.

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Source: Tribune Democrat, Oct. 28, 2016. 

 
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