Press Releases

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:49 AM

Schools seem to be expecting more of their youngest students academically, while giving them less time to spend in self-directed and creative play. A big new study provides the first national, empirical data to back up the anecdotes. 
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Source: NPR.org, June 21, 2016.

 
Monday, June 20, 2016 10:43 AM

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature are heading into the final stretch to approve an on-time budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year that begins July 1.

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Source: Associated Press, June 20, 2016.

 
Monday, June 20, 2016 10:41 AM

It's crucial that the state take meaningful steps to correct a problem that is costing taxpayers dearly.

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Source: Reading Eagle, June 20, 2016.


 
Monday, June 20, 2016 10:30 AM

Those perfect spring Fridays -- cerulean skies, temperatures in the 70s -- are exactly the kind of days that Dan Nerelli has come to dread. That's because Nerelli, assistant superintendent for personnel in the Upper Darby SD, knows he'll be scrambling to put substitutes in dozens of teacher-less classrooms.

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, June 19, 2016.

 
Monday, June 20, 2016 9:19 AM

The 2016-17 membership year begins July 1, 2016. There will be NO increase in PA Principals Association dues for 2016-2017.  

 
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 12:52 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will be offering training on the 2016 Attributions for Federal and State Accountability Reporting. This training will use the 2016 Attribution Map, discuss the Data Recognition Corporation Attribution window in eDIRECT, and the impact these attributions have on federal and state accountability and teacher effectiveness.  Please note that there are no changes in the application of the attribution rules from the previous year.

Please download the 2016 Attribution Map prior to the presentation from PDE's website at http://www.education.pa.gov/  > K-12 > Assessment and Accountability > Pennsylvania Accountability System (PAS) > 2016 Attribution Map.

There will be one session of the 2016 Attributions for Federal and State Accountability Reporting training webinar. The training will consist of presenters from PDE's Divisions of Performance Analysis and Reporting along with Data Recognition Corporation.   A link to the recording of this session, along with a Power Point, will be posted to PDE's website as soon as possible following this session.

June 16, 2016 from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

https://datarecognitioncorpaudio.webex.com/datarecognitioncorpaudio/onstage/g.php?MTID=e70b488c7d8a7bcc352c0334b8b00aa3d

Please contact PDE's division of Performance Analysis and Reporting with any questions at ra-pas@pa.gov

 
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 8:57 AM

For politicians, early childhood education is a case of a narrow window and a far horizon. In Pennsylvania, state legislators are too focused on that horizon.
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Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, June 14, 2016. 

 
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 8:56 AM

Though the Obama administration got to propose -- and will get to finalize -- the regulations on accountability for the Every Student Succeeds Act, it will be up to the next administration to approve state plans and hold states to their promises.
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Source: Education Week, June 13, 2016.

 
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 8:35 AM

A bipartisan vote in the Pennsylvania House on Monday showed fresh momentum in efforts to change the state's two large public-sector pension plans by directing new state and public school hires into a combination of a traditional pension and a 401(k)-type benefit.
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Source: The Morning Call, June 14, 2016.

 
Monday, June 13, 2016 10:52 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office for Safe Schools is conducting a short survey on the topic of bullying prevention and school climate improvement.  Over 1,200 of your colleagues participated in the 2012 survey, which provided the Office for Safe Schools with valuable data and input.  The survey findings were utilized to better address school climate related needs by providing additional support and resources at the state, regional and local levels.   The PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line, the School Climate Leadership Initiative and bullying prevention professional development opportunities are among the many efforts made possible by your valuable input.

We are asking building-level leadership to complete the 5 minute, anonymous 2016 PA Bullying Prevention/School Climate Improvement Survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3NZ8V9J. If you are new to your building or have designated other building leaders to chair school climate efforts, please forward to the staff person in your building who can best speak to your efforts and identified needs.

The survey will be open until June 30, 2016 and the results will be posted at PDE Bullying Prevention.  Please contact Mary Dolan, Bullying Prevention Consultant, PDE, Office for Safe Schools at c-mdolan@pa.gov with any questions.

 
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