Press Releases

Friday, September 30, 2016 3:17 PM

Standardized tests continue to pose challenges for students at Pennsylvania's cyber charter schools.

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 30, 2016.

 
Friday, September 30, 2016 3:16 PM

The need for pre-kindergarten programs in relation to the criminal justice system was the focus of a roundtable discussion Thursday morning.
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Source: Delaware County Daily Times, Sept. 29, 2016.

 
Friday, September 30, 2016 8:57 AM

Dr. Joseph H. Clapper, Assistant Executive Director, Pennsylvania Principals Association, was recently elected to serve on the Executive Committee for the Campaign for Fair Education Funding. The PA Principals Association is a member of the Campaign. For more information on the Campaign for Fair Education Funding, visit: http://fairfundingpa.org/

 

 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:22 PM

As announced in a March 11, 2016 Penn*Link, Governor Tom Wolf has signed Act 4 into law. The law includes important amendments to Section 111 of the School Code concerning background checks that are intended to conform portions of that law with recent changes to the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL). It also allows education administrators to accept criminal history reports obtained for employment purposes from the Department of Human Services (DHS). Such reports can be used for compliance with Section 111 of the PA School Code as long as they are not more than sixty (60) months old. Applicants are also required to complete the form required by Section 111(j)(1) of the School Code (the PDE 6004 form) indicating they have not been disqualified from employment.

Although portability of background checks was authorized in both the PA School Code and the CPSL, it was necessary to receive guidance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) before providing guidance to the field. According to this guidance it is permissible for a school to accept a copy from an applicant of a Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) report obtained for DHS purposes. DHS has provided all of its entities with written permission that they may accept copies of a CHRI report obtained for Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) purposes.

To view PDE’s guidance on background checks for employees and the details of the DHS criminal history reports, go to Background Check webpage.

For additional information, please contact PDE’s School Services Office at 717-783-3750 or via email at ra-pde-schoolservice@pa.gov.

 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 9:34 AM

On Monday, Sept. 26, Paul M. Healey, Ph.D., PA Principals Association Executive Director, was among those testifying before a joint public hearing of the House Education and Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committees regarding HB 1858. This bill would require students to pass a version of the United States Citizenship Test on Civics as a graduation requirement. Click here for his testimony.

HB 1858 testimony

 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 9:31 AM

While school funding is in crisis and property taxes continue to rise, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) since 2008 has signed contracts for more than $741 million for PSSA and Keystone Exam testing. All of this money went to one company, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), who received three contracts, two of which had no-bid extensions.
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Source: Daily Local News, Sept. 27, 2016.

 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 9:29 AM

For more than a decade, states and districts have had to consider off-the-shelf, federally prescribed interventions for many schools in which students weren't meeting expectations. That's about to change.
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Source: Education Week, Sept. 27, 2016.

 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:08 PM

A state House panel debated Monday whether Pennsylvania should join 14 other states in mandating that high schoolers, to get a diploma, must pass the same civics test immigrants must pass to earn U.S. citizenship.
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Source: Allentown Morning Call, Sept. 26, 2016.

 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:06 PM

As part of the Keystone Crossroads' continued look at education funding in Pennsylvania, multimedia journalist Jessica Kourkounis set out across the state to speak to parents about how they were feeling.
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Sept. 26, 2016.



 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:02 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is providing an opportunity for local education agencies (LEA) to attend a live webinar that will address the details of the winter Keystone Exams’ precode internal snapshot, which will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS).

PDE’s Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting will host the webinar via "GoToMeeting" on Sept. 29, 2016. To register, please select the link provided below.

Note:  Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the specific system requirements and link for joining the webinar:        

Sept. 29, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3724269460697579267

Questions can be submitted in advance, but we will be taking questions at the conclusion of the webinar. Please contact Shazia Waters in PDE’s Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting with any questions at ra-pas@pa.gov.

 
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