Press Releases

Monday, August 10, 2015 10:10 AM

Much of the country has recovered from the national recession, but one group that continues to struggle is perhaps the most vulnerable — children living in poverty.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 8, 2015.

 
Monday, August 10, 2015 9:39 AM

One of the things Alicia Witherite said she wants most for her 2-year-old son is to have a good education.

But at the rate the state budget situation is going in Harrisburg, she said, she’s not sure it will happen.

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Source: Centre Daily Times, August 6, 2015.


Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2015/08/06/4865639_protesters-urge-sen-corman-to.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
 
Thursday, August 6, 2015 1:00 PM

Attention Elementary Principals: We are delighted to inform you that Kades-Margolis Corporation, one of our long-time sponsors, is offering a $1,000 Mini-Grant this year to an elementary school. Click here for an application, which describes the mini-grant qualifications. The application must be submitted to the PA Principals Association office by September 4, 2015. We hope you will avail yourself of this opportunity to utilize this no-strings-attached grant to provide for your students. If you should have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.    

Thanks,  
Dr. Paul M. Healey, Executive Director, PA Principals Association

Please Note:

The application is a writeable PDF. To type in it, you must click Open in Different Viewer when you first open the file and then choose the option to Open the file using Adobe Acrobat when prompted.    

If you exceed space allotted for grant description (cannot exceed two full pages), you may utilize a separate document and attach to the application when it is mailed. Also, when typing in the description field it will require you to type line by line versus continuous typing or you may print the application and hand write the description.   

If you encounter any problems, please print the form to complete or contact the PA Principals Association office at (717) 732-4999.  

All grant applications must be submitted in paper form by the due date.
No electronic submissions will be accepted.

 
Thursday, July 30, 2015 3:06 PM

Click on the link below for the presentation Deputy Secretary Stem shared this afternoon at PDE's PSSA Webinar.

http://www.paprincipals.org/resource/images/stories/documents/pssa_webinar2015.pdf

 

 
Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:33 AM

Educators across Pennsylvania blasted the state's standardized exams as time-consuming, stressful for students and not an accurate gauge of what students learn.
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Source: Allentown Morning Call, July 29, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, July 30, 2015.

 
Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:32 AM

Concerns about the statewide testing of students in Pennsylvania dominated an hours-long hearing Wednesday before the House Education Committee.
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 30, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, July 30, 2015.

 
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 8:19 AM

Wednesday, July 29th is Call to Action for Public Education Day! Join us and tell YOUR lawmakers to go back to Harrisburg to pass a budget that begins to solve the state’s public school funding crisis, which is causing layoffs and cuts in academic programs at school districts across the state.

It only takes 5 minutes and makes a HUGE impact. Instructions here: http://fairfundingpa.org/get-involved

Click on this link to interact with your legislators: http://www.paprincipals.org/resource/images/stories/documents/legislative/july29_legislators.pdf

Twitter pic campaign for fair funding

 
Thursday, July 23, 2015 2:23 PM

The following link will take you to a zip file of the documents referenced in the PennLink sent by Deputy Secretary Stem earlier today [and also posted on the PA Principals Association website]: http://webapps.pattan.net/files/pssa.zip

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Education will be holding a webinar on Thursday, July 30, 2015, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

This webinar will focus on the outcomes of the 2015 PSSAs. It will provide an overview of the process used to determine the 2015 PSSA cut scores, the impact those scores will have on students and educators and next steps in communicating with families, stakeholders and the community about the new PSSA.

Please register for 2015 PSSA Overview and Outreach on Jul 30, 2015 1:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4677978141486833409


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


 
Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:16 AM

The message below was sent by JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizing Pennsylvania (and Illinois) for our influence in regards to the Senate vote on ESEA reauthorization.    

Thank you both for your participation in the Advocacy Alert related to the Senate vote on ESEA reauthorization. We had 194 people send letters to Senators through our Principals Legislative Action Center. Illinois and Pennsylvania were the states with the most member action. Illinois with 34 letters; Pennsylvania with 26 letters. Thanks for all you do to promote the advocacy agenda that serves all of us.  

JoAnn Bartoletti
Executive Director
NASSP

 
Thursday, July 23, 2015 9:50 AM

Dear Colleague,

Today you will be receiving the student data files for the 2015 PSSA, and I want to assure you that we at the Department of Education understand the broad and significant impact these scores have on students, parents, teachers, administrators and communities.

This time last year I was an educator in the field and have not forgotten what is at stake with these results.

Over the course of the last several months, the PDE team has met with hundreds of administrators, educators, and stakeholders to engage in thoughtful dialogue around the best ways to serve students, and those conversations have been both informative and productive. 

There are many opportunities for our current system to be refined and improved; however, please remember that nearly all of the issues related to standards, assessment, and accountability are codified in statute or regulation. Therefore, it will take time, and require extensive dialogue and input among stakeholder groups to achieve these revisions to the system. PDE is committed to taking the time and making the effort necessary to engage in the change process, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate in the weeks and months ahead.

Later today, you will be receiving your student data files to gain a preliminary sense of your students’ achievement on the new PSSA. You will also be receiving support documents from the Department to aid you in communicating with your stakeholders as questions arise regarding the new assessment and its outcomes.

Like you, our singular goal is to ensure the success of students throughout the Commonwealth. As we prepare them to be college and career ready, PDE pledges to provide the support to achieve this collective goal. 

Sincerely,

Matthew S. Stem
Deputy Secretary
Department of Education

 

 

 
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