Press Releases

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:50 AM

To receive their share of the proposed $400 million increase in basic education funding, school districts will have to submit spending plans to the state by May 15.

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Source: PSBA Daily EDition, March 18, 2015; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 17, 2015.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:19 AM

One week after Senate Republican leaders warned superintendents against counting on the $400 million increase in direct support to school districts that Gov. Tom Wolf proposed in his budget, the Wolf administration is asking districts to detail how they will spend it.

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Source:, by Jan Murphy, posted on March 17, 2015.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 8:48 AM

The NASSP List of Contests and Activities for Students is produced by NASSP through its National Committee on Student Contests and Activities. The purpose of the national list is to provide information to assist principals, teachers, parents and students in making decisions regarding participation in a wide variety of program opportunities. Click here for the annual list.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 9:57 AM

How will your district fare with the proposed budget? Check out the links below to see the impact of the proposals on your school district.

Click here for 2015-16 Proposed Basic and Special Education Funding.

Click here for 2015-16 Proposed Budget.

Click here for Property Tax Reduction Proposal.




Tuesday, March 3, 2015 12:59 PM

As state legislators consider Governor Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposal, citizens of the Commonwealth are watching to see if their elected officials will support a quality education for children in every community. Pennsylvania’s major education leadership organizations, representing all 500 school districts, today called on the General Assembly to approve Governor Wolf’s budget request and adopt a new state funding formula that will ensure equity and adequate funding for all schools beginning next school year.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 12:53 PM

Governor Wolf targets major changes in education in his budget address. Here are some ideas presented today:

  • Education is the heart of everything else
  • During the past 4 years, we took a step backwards in supporting education
  • The budget will restore 1 billion dollars in cuts that occurred in previous administration
  • There will be increases at every grade level
  • It expands access to Early Childhood Education
  • It includes increases in funding to community colleges
  • It asks institutions of higher education to freeze tuition
  • Accountability measures will be put into place to make sure the money goes to classrooms
  • It increases the State share for education to 50% up from the current level of 35%
  • It calls for a fair funding formula which should be based on need rather than on politics
  • We will pay for the increases in investment in education by applying a severance tax on natural gas which should generate 1 billion dollars
  • Property taxes will be reduced by 50% as well
Monday, March 2, 2015 1:38 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has announced that Pennsylvania’s Educator Effectiveness Rating System (PEERS) is now available online for use by LEAs (as of March 2, 2015). This online tool provides local education agencies (LEAs) a free, voluntary, web-based version of the Act 82 Educator Effectiveness final rating tools (PDE 82-1, 82-2, and 82-3), providing users with an efficient and effective process to not only complete the summative rating forms, but to be able to use the data effectively for teacher, principal, and school/district growth and improvement.

LEAs do NOT need to register or sign up to use the system. PEERS is now live, online for any LEA to use at any time as of March 2, 2015. PEERS has been pre-populated with LEA name, school names, staff names,  a final rating form based on the PIMS position code (LEA may edit) and School Performance Profile (SPP) data for all LEAs.

PEERS is hosted within the existing PVAAS web application, allowing PVAAS account holders access to PEERS through the existing PVAAS account system. It may be used alone, in lieu of the PDE 82-1, 82-2, 82-3 Excel documents, or in concert with other tools that LEAs are using to manage the supervision and evaluation process.

Access to the forms is granted by the LEAs and all information is securely and confidentially maintained by SAS EVAAS, requiring second levels of authentication. PDE does not have access to the summative evaluation information housed within the PEERS.

Through PEERS:

  • Teachers, principals/administrators, and non-teaching specialists are linked to a most likely defaulted rating form based on PIMS data submitted by each LEA, with the ability to change to a different form as per local LEA decision.
  • Demographic information including district name, school name, educator name and PPID is pre-populated.
  • The School Performance Profile (SPP) Score is pre-populated by the PVAAS web application, with the flexibility to change the school, allow multiple schools and/or choose current year or prior year.
  • Starting with SY2015-2016 PVAAS reporting, the PVAAS score for 3 year rolling average will be pre-populated into the final rating form 
  • Rating information is aggregated to summary-level reporting.

SAS EVAAS, in conjunction with PDE, is providing a training webinar on March 10, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM for all LEAs interested in using PEERS and/or learning more about this free, voluntary tool.  This webinar will be archived and available for accessing on the PVAAS website within one week of this date.

Details to participate in the live webinar are included below. Pre-registration is not necessary.

Webinar Date and Time: March 10, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00 pm              

Computer & Phone Connection Information:

Audio Access: 1-888-682-4285     Attendee code: 474-456-2 #

Questions regarding accessing PEERS may be sent to the “Contact Us” link on the PVAAS website at

Questions specific to Act 82 Educator Effectiveness are to be directed to

Monday, March 2, 2015 10:22 AM

NASSP has announced that its collaborative work with NAESP and the American Federation of School Administrators has resulted in a big advocacy win in the House ESEA bill. They were successful in getting an amendment passed by voice vote that would make it explicit that the definition of “school leader” means a principal or assistant principal IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING. The amendment was introduced by Reps. Susan Davis (D-CA), Bob Dold (R-IL) and Jared Polis (D-CO), and the bipartisan support was definitely instrumental…in addition to support from the NEA after we explained the purpose and rationale of the amendment.

Work on this issue is not yet done. Our national associations are still urging members of Congress to vote NO on HR 5. If you have not done so already, please send a message to your Representative through PLAC ( And please continue to spread the word!

Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:57 PM

Message from Executive Director: PA Principals Association is part of the Campaign for Fair Education Funding. The campaign released today their proposal for a new Basic Education Funding formula to boost student outcomes in all parts of the state by helping close funding shortfalls in all school districts and narrow the growing gap between wealthy and poorer districts. Please see the two following links, which provide an overview about the campaign and the proposed formula. PA Principals Association is one of approximately 40 organizations involved in this critical work and working on behalf of school leaders across the Commonwealth. 

Click here for executive summary.

Click here for press release.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 3:45 PM

As you are well aware, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), does not provide principals and assistant principals with adequate support, training and resources but still holds them accountable for student achievement. Congress is now rapidly working to reauthorize ESEA, which presents a tremendous opportunity to elevate the role of principals in improving student achievement, and have their voices heard.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) recently submitted detailed comments in response to legislation passed by the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the U.S. House of Representatives to reauthorize the law. The comments note many concerns with the bill, with one of the most important being its lack of acknowledgement and support for the vital role of principals, and providing them with the necessary professional support to ensure better teaching and improved learning for all students.

At a minimum, the Student Success Act of 2015 must the following top concerns:

  • Clearly define the term “school leader” to mean principals and assistant principals working inside the school building, not non-building staff such as teacher leaders, superintendents and other district personnel;
  • Require districts that receive Title II funding to allocate no less than 10 percent of the funds available for professional development for elementary, middle, and high school principals to improve instructional leadership;
  • Require that state principal evaluation systems be designed in collaboration with practitioners, and ensure that they are based on more than just student test scores. We recommend that any principal evaluation focus on the six key domains of leadership responsibility within a principal’s sphere of influence: student growth and achievement, school planning and progress, school culture, stakeholder support and engagement, professional qualities and practices, and professional growth and learning;
  • Oppose any and all efforts to transform Title I funding—which is designed to assist public schools with high concentrations of poverty and high-need students—into a private school voucher.

As a leader in your school and in your community, your voice is extremely powerful in this debate. H.R. 5 is on the House Floor the last week of February, and principals must take action to let your representatives in Congress know these concerns must be addressed. While a sample letter has been provided for you, we strongly urge you to personalize the letter where possible.

Click here to send a letter to your Congressional representative.

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