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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 11:16 AM

Per Senate Bill 880, the use of the Keystone Exam as a graduation requirement or as a benchmark for the need for participation in a project based assessment has been delayed until the 2018-2019 school year. However, PDE will evaluate project based assessments (PBA) per the following:

- For students whose anticipated graduation date is pre-2019, PBAs currently in the queue will be evaluated by one external evaluator.  Schools will be notified of the disposition of each project.  If unsatisfactory, the project will be returned to the school and the student may work with the tutor to resubmit in order to earn a satisfactory mark.  

- For students whose anticipated graduation date is pre-2019, projects submitted after April 29, 2016, will be deemed satisfactory upon submission of the tutor's evaluation verifying satisfactory performance.  

The goal is to have all projects for pre-2019 graduates evaluated no later than June 30, 2016.

For students whose anticipated graduation date is 2019 or later, the projects will be evaluated by two external evaluators.  imeline for turnaround will be communicated at a later date.

Questions may be directed to jinskip@pa.gov.


 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:37 AM

While budget talks continue in Harrisburg, Governor Tom Wolf says both sides are hoping to avoid a repeat performance from last year.
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Source: WITF, May 22, 2016.

 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:36 AM

With Memorial Day just days away, half of the state Legislature is expected to act this week on a series of bills that could become bargaining chips in final budget talks that will heat up next month.
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Source: Allentown Morning Call, May 23, 2016.

 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:30 AM

The bill: Teachers returning to Pennsylvania with inactive teaching licenses and those with out-of-state licenses often have to jump over unneeded hurdles in order to re-apply or apply for teacher certification in the Keystone State.
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Source: York Dispatch, May 23, 2016.

 
Monday, May 23, 2016 8:56 AM

Local legislators are optimistic a state budget impasse can be avoided this year.
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Source: Erie Times-News, May 22, 2016.

 
Monday, May 23, 2016 8:55 AM

Pick your favorite issue or cause in Pennsylvania: public education, services for the poor, tax breaks for businesses.
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Source: WHYY Keystone Crossroads, May 19, 2016.

 
Monday, May 23, 2016 8:50 AM

The Pennsylvania Youth Congress, a statewide LGBT youth advocacy organization, on Friday sent a model policy for supporting transgender and gender-expansive students to the 50 largest school districts in the comonwealth.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 23, 2016.

 
Monday, May 23, 2016 8:41 AM

Last week the state Senate, with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 49-1, passed H.B. 1552, which would make the Basic Education Funding Commission's fair funding formula permanent.

House Bill 1552 could go the floor for final passage AS EARLY AS MONDAY, MAY 23, so it is critical for Campaign for Fair Education Funding supporters to call or email their state Representative and urge them to vote 'yes' for this bill.

  • Click here for A Call to Action Flyer with instructions and talking points.

 

 

 
Friday, May 20, 2016 10:42 AM

Fewer students would receive free and reduced-price meals at school under legislation that Republicans pushed through a House committee Wednesday.” Click here for full article.

 

Source: Associated Press, May 18, 2016.

 

 
Friday, May 20, 2016 10:41 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education says it will no longer take the reins on the end-of-the-year reconciliation process — a move that would leave charter schools and public school districts on their own to resolve tuition billing discrepancies.
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Source: Allentown Morning Call, May 19, 2016.

 

 
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