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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. 

 
Friday, October 28, 2016 1:38 PM

The shine is off the charter school movement. Freedom from regulation, the sine qua non of the charter world, has resulted too often in troubled schools, taxpayer fleecing and outright fraud. Charters have become material for late-night comedians. That is never a good sign; just ask the proponents of the Common Core.
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Source: Washington Post, Oct. 25, 2016. 

 
Thursday, October 27, 2016 1:39 PM

A last-minute effort to make monumental changes to the pension plan that would be offered to future state government and public school employees on Wednesday fell off the rails as the two-year legislative session nears its end.  
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Source: PennLive.com, Oct. 26, 2016.

 
Thursday, October 27, 2016 1:38 PM

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, is called The Nation's Report Card for good reason; the tests are administered the same way year after year, using the same kind of test booklets, to students across the country.

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Source: NPR.org, Oct. 27, 2016.


 
Thursday, October 27, 2016 1:32 PM

Fed up with long rosters of college freshmen who can't handle college-level courses, states are increasingly turning to 12th grade transition classes to build academic muscle to help students skip the remedial courses that can diminish their chances of earning a degree.

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Source: Education Week, Oct. 25, 2016.

 
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