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Thursday, October 20, 2016 2:02 PM

Late Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) was alerted to a data accuracy issue with the PVAAS scores, which are part of the school performance profile (SPP) growth measure. The data in question was supplied by SAS-EVAAS, the Department’s contractor for PVAAS reporting for Pennsylvania’s Local Education Agencies (LEAs).

While it appears that a small number of schools will see a modest change on their overall SPP scores, ensuring the accuracy of the data PDE shares with the public is paramount for the agency, and the Department is working with SAS to take the steps necessary to correct the data and calculate new SPP scores, where required. The nature of the data issue is such that only LEAs administering Keystone Exams (end-of-course assessments in Algebra I, Literature, and Biology) are impacted.

The Department is in the process of communicating with all stakeholders – school administrators, teachers, policy makers, and the public – who rely on the Department for informed and accurate data, to notify them of the data inaccuracies, and provide them with a timeline of when updated data will be available.

Supporting our schools, students and communities is the Department of Education’s top priority, and we know collecting, synthesizing and releasing accurate data is essential in meeting that objective. The Department takes these issues seriously and believes a swift and transparent response best serves our schools and communities.

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Matthew S. Stem | Deputy Secretary

Department of Education | Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA  17126

Phone:  717.787.2127  | Fax: 717.214.2786

mastem@pa.gov | www.education.pa.gov

 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:56 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced Wednesday it is pulling the academic data from its school performance profile report card website for further review.
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Source: Pottstown Mercury, Oct. 19, 2016.

 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:55 AM

The state education agencies in New York and Pennsylvania this week announced that they are narrowing the focus for their ESSA plans after receiving feedback from the public. 
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Source: Education Week, Oct. 19, 2016. 

 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:51 AM

Massachusetts’ 23-year-old charter school experiment has long enjoyed bipartisan support. Just a few months ago, polls showed Democrats and Republicans alike supported an upcoming ballot measure that would allow for more of the schools. But recent surveys show Democrats turning against the question — breaking the broad consensus on charters and threatening to stall one of the country’s most ambitious efforts to reshape public education. 
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Source: Boston Globe, Oct. 18, 2016. 

 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:37 AM

On July 13, 2016, the General Assembly enacted changes to the continuing education provisions of section 1205.2 of the Public School Code, 24 P.S. § 12-1205.2.  Section 1205.2 was amended to include subsection (n.2), which permits a professional educator to carry forward into the next compliance period up to 50 hours of continuing professional education credits obtained during the final two years of the educator's compliance period that are in excess of the required 180 credit hours for the current compliance period. In light of these changes, the Department is providing this initial guidance to address preliminary questions related to the new statutory provision.

The provisions of section 1205.2(n.2) are applicable to both Act 48 continuing education credit hours and Act 45 PIL credit hours required for school and system leaders.  Any professional educator or school or system leader who had an open compliance period on or after July 13, 2016, and has allowable carry over credit hours in accordance with section 1205.2(n.2) may have up to 50 excess credit hours applied to the succeeding compliance period.  Section 1205.2(n.2) is not retroactive to any compliance period that closed prior to July 13, 2016.

The Department will publish FAQs to address practical issues and common questions related to section 1205.2(n.2). Changes to PERMS will be made to implement the attribution of any excess credit hours for educators who have allowable carry over credit hours. The Department expects to implement this function in the fall of 2016.  Educators should be able to view any allowable carry over credits in their PERMS record on or after January 1, 2017.

If you have any questions related to the application of Act 48 carry over credits please send your questions to RA-edact48@pa.gov or if you have questions related to Act 45 carry over credits, please contact Carla Wilson at  c-cwilson@pa.gov or call 717.346.7112.

 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 8:54 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is planning to hold five sessions across the state in December to discuss the recommendations.  Please click here to read the recommendations.

 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:54 PM

Pennsylvania's highest court says the right to personal privacy in government records is guaranteed by the state constitution, as it reversed a lower court ruling involving public school employees' home addresses.
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Source: Associated Press, Oct. 18, 2016.

 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:51 PM

Today, Secretary Pedro A. Rivera thanked hundreds of stakeholders for their involvement in a series of workgroup meetings to help develop Pennsylvania's plan to implement the federally approved Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 
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Source: Newswire, Oct. 18, 2016.

 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:50 PM

The nation’s high school graduation rate has reached a record 83.2%, continuing a steady increase that shows improvement across all racial and ethnic groups, according to federal data released Monday.
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 18, 2016.

 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:46 PM

State legislators are back to work for the next two weeks and pension reform may be on the table. Two competing plans are sitting in the House and the Senate, but no votes are scheduled.
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Source: CBS Channel 21, Oct. 17, 2016.

 
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