Press Releases

Thursday, February 19, 2015 11:07 AM

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), applaud the reintroduction of a bill to improve federal programs for the nation’s principals and assistant principals. S.476 and H.R.930, The School Principal Recruitment and Training Act of 2015, was introduced by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), to amend Title II, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to recruit, prepare, and support principals through capacity-building measures that will improve student academic achievement in high-need schools. The legislation emphasizes mentoring programs for principals, especially for aspiring and early-career principals.

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Source: NASSP, NAESP, AFSA Press Release, Feb. 19, 2015.

 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:53 AM

Pennsylvania's Kindergarten Entry Inventory (KEI) is a reliable reporting tool that offers teachers an instructional strategy for understanding and tracking a student's proficiency at kindergarten entry.  The tool collects information on a consistent set of standards-based indicators across the commonwealth. The KEI is based on Pennsylvania's Learning Standards for Early Childhood and the Pennsylvania Core Standards. KEI includes 30 indicators and provides a comprehensive profile that includes the domains of: Social and Emotional Development; English Language Arts; Mathematics; Approaches to Learning; and Health, Wellness and Physical Development.  KEI is intended to be used by kindergarten teachers to record a student's demonstration of skills within the first 45 calendar days of the kindergarten year.  It is a snapshot of skills upon entry into kindergarten.  Skills levels will be determined by multiple sources of evidence.  For more information about the Kindergarten Entry Inventory please visit, http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/departmental_offices/7235/p/1852080.

All focus and priority schools are required to implement the Kindergarten Entry Inventory as part of their school improvement efforts. Intermediate unit curriculum coordinators and academic recovery liaisons (priority schools) are ready to assist you in the KEI implementation process. 

This also serves as an invitation for all non-focus and priority schools who wish to implement Pennsylvania's Kindergarten Entry Inventory on a voluntary basis beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The Kindergarten Entry Inventory is available to all school districts at no cost.

In order to implement the Kindergarten Entry Inventory, a Kindergarten Entry Inventory Point of Contact (KEI-POC) is required. The KEI-POC will act as the liaison between local education agency (LEA) administrative staff, implementing kindergarten teachers, and OCDEL and data systems staff. Having a dedicated KEI-POC will ensure that effective communication and implementation occurs throughout the KEI process.  Please send the KEI-POC name, email address and phone number to RA-PWOCDELKEI@pa.gov by March 13, 2015. Receipt of this information will initiate participation in Cohort 2: 2015 Kindergarten Entry Inventory.

Please note: If your LEA participated in Cohort 1: 2014 Kindergarten Entry Inventory, a KEI-POC must be assigned for 2015 implementation.

All kindergarten teachers who have not previously participated must complete skills and scoring practice professional development and complete a proficient user assignment in order to gain access to the web-based data system.  Teachers with a proficient user certificate of completion do not need to repeat the professional development protocol. 

The tentative training schedule is as follows:

March - June:

  • Face-to-face skills and scoring practice professional development available/ dependent on number of teachers and availability of OCDEL staff

March -September:

  • Asynchronous webinar available for skills and scoring practice professional development

ALL implementing kindergarten teachers without a proficient user certificate of completion MUST complete either face-to-face or asynchronous training.

August-September:

  • KEI systems professional development opportunities available

By the start of school:

  • Implementing kindergarten teachers must have proficient user certificate of completion on file in order to gain systems access

45 calendar days from start of school:

  • Observation and evidence collection/scoring completed

60 calendar days from start of school:

  • Data submissions (student outcomes) finalized within data system

Questions about this communication may be sent to RA-PWOCDELKEI@pa.gov.

 

 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 1:45 PM

The May 2015 issue of the Pennsylvania Administrator focuses on the theme, "Teacher Effectiveness: Celebrations and Challenges."

The passage of Act 82 in 2012 has given Pennsylvania educators new guidelines for assessing the effectiveness of both school teachers and administrators. With any new implementation, there comes trials and tribulations (or celebrations and challenges). The May issue of the Pennsylvania Administrator will focus on stories from the field as districts implement the new effectiveness processes. In particular, we are interested in articles from the field that address some of the following:

  • How the district has aligned the Act 82 guidelines with a differentiated supervision plan.
  • How the district is dealing with the teacher specific component.   
  • How the district has handled the student learning objective (SLO) component with both the teacher and principal.   
  • Any issues that have surfaced with the Act 82 forms.   
  • Effective tools school leaders are using with the processes.

Articles should be no longer than 1,500 words and must be submitted via e-mail as a Microsoft Word document. A biographical sketch and a high resolution (300 dpi is preferred), color photograph of the author(s) (saved as a JPEG or a TIFF file) must accompany all articles. E-mail articles to sherit@paprincipals.org. The deadline to submit an article is March 6, 2015.

 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 10:46 AM

NASSP opposes current ESEA changes (H.R. 5). See link below to read more about what changes are being proposed.

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

 

 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 10:20 AM

Real Life / Real Issues WITF Community Forum is a PA Principals Association-sponsored event and tackles the issues of drug use and young people. This televised forum will air on WITF and its affiliate stations on Thursday, February 19, 2015, from 8:30-10:00 p.m. You won't want to miss the stories shared by parents who lost a child due to heroin, and the panel of experts who will discuss current problems and solutions. Look for broadcast information in your area on public television stations. 

 
Friday, February 13, 2015 10:38 AM

PA Principals Association is one of the educational organizations that has been invited to the table for periodic education policy updates from the Governor’s office. I attended the first briefing under the new administration this morning and we were provided with some insights into the upcoming Governor’s proposed budget. Sarah Galbally, Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning in the Office of the Governor, shared the following:

  • Much of the attention has been dedicated to the crafting of the budget and the budget address on March 3, 2015.
  •  The budget will reflect the Governor’s commitment to education and it will be his number one priority.
  • The Governor is an advocate for a fair funding formula and the budget will also address this area and his office is very interested in working with the Basic Education Commission on a formula.
  • Beyond funding, the Governor will explore issues with accountability for new funding leading to better outcomes for students, early childhood education, career and technical schools, higher education and the PlanCon process.

Each organization had an opportunity to share its major platform issues and PA Principals Association forwarded the following:

  • Fair Education Funding Formula.
  • Pension Reform – we pointed out that the increases have had a devastating impact on our schools and our leaders are faced with both program and people cuts which directly affect our students.
  • Charter and Cyber School Funding.
  • Mandate Relief.

Dr. Paul M. Healey
PA Principals Association Executive Director

 
Friday, February 13, 2015 10:29 AM

Pennsylvania's Kindergarten Entry Inventory (KEI) is a reliable reporting tool that offers teachers an instructional strategy for understanding and tracking a student's proficiency at kindergarten entry. The tool collects information on a consistent set of standards-based indicators across the commonwealth. The KEI is based on Pennsylvania's Learning Standards for Early Childhood and the Pennsylvania Core Standards. KEI includes 30 indicators and provides a comprehensive profile that includes the domains of: Social and Emotional Development; English Language Arts; Mathematics; Approaches to Learning; and Health, Wellness and Physical Development. KEI is intended to be used by kindergarten teachers to record a student's demonstration of skills within the first 45 calendar days of the kindergarten year.  It is a snapshot of skills upon entry into kindergarten. Skills levels will be determined by multiple sources of evidence. For more information about the Kindergarten Entry Inventory please visit, http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/departmental_offices/7235/p/1852080.

All focus and priority schools are required to implement the Kindergarten Entry Inventory as part of their school improvement efforts. Intermediate unit curriculum coordinators and academic recovery liaisons (priority schools) are ready to assist you in the KEI implementation process. 

This message also serves as an invitation for all non-focus and priority schools who wish to implement Pennsylvania's Kindergarten Entry Inventory on a voluntary basis beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The Kindergarten Entry Inventory is available to all school districts at no cost.

In order to implement the Kindergarten Entry Inventory, a Kindergarten Entry Inventory Point of Contact (KEI-POC) is required. The KEI-POC will act as the liaison between local education agency (LEA) administrative staff, implementing kindergarten teachers, and OCDEL and data systems staff. Having a dedicated KEI-POC will ensure that effective communication and implementation occurs throughout the KEI process. Please send the KEI-POC name, email address and phone number to RA-PWOCDKEI@pa.gov by March 13, 2015. Receipt of this information will initiate participation in Cohort 2: 2015 Kindergarten Entry Inventory.

Please note: If your LEA participated in Cohort 1: 2014 Kindergarten Entry Inventory, a KEI-POC must be assigned for 2015 implementation.

All kindergarten teachers who have not previously participated must complete skills and scoring practice professional development and complete a proficient user assignment in order to gain access to the web-based data system. Teachers with a proficient user certificate of completion do not need to repeat the professional development protocol. 

The tentative training schedule is as follows:

March - June:

  • Face-to-face skills and scoring practice professional development available/ dependent on number of teachers and availability of OCDEL staff

March -September:

  • Asynchronous webinar available for skills and scoring practice professional development

ALL implementing kindergarten teachers without a proficient user certificate of completion MUST complete either face-to-face or asynchronous training.

August-September:

  • KEI systems professional development opportunities available

By the start of school:

  • Implementing kindergarten teachers must have proficient user certificate of completion on file in order to gain systems access

45 calendar days from start of school:

  • Observation and evidence collection/scoring completed

60 calendar days from start of school:

  • Data submissions (student outcomes) finalized within data system
 
Friday, February 13, 2015 8:35 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has been notified that certain local education agencies (LEA) have student records from the 2014-15 winter Keystone Exams that do not match to Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS) data. If you received a message from Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) that your LEA has been identified, your LEA must log into DRC eDIRECT Keystone Corrections System and attempt to match these students to PIMS records.

The 2014-15 winter Keystone Corrections System will be available Feb. 11-18, 2015. The Keystone Corrections System is available via eDIRECT at https://pa.drcedirect.com.

This online corrections system must be used to update the student matching criteria (PAsecureID, Last Name, First Name, and Date of Birth) for any student record that is not matched to PIMS data. These records are typically unmatched because the information provided for the student is not exactly the same as the data that was provided to DRC in the PIMS Keystone reporting file. The information could have been bubbled incorrectly on an answer booklet for a student using a district/school label or provided incorrectly when student data was uploaded directly into eDIRECT.

The unmatched student records can be identified by an 'N' found in the PIMS match column within the corrections system. It is the LEA's responsibility to log into the corrections system and attempt to match every student to PIMS.

Note: If the unmatched student record was not uploaded to PIMS prior to the production of the winter Keystone reporting file, updating the matching criteria will not produce a successful match. 

If you have questions about the corrections system, please contact a DRC Pennsylvania Customer Service Representative at 1.800.451.7849 or pacustomerservice@datarecognitioncorp.com.

For all other questions, please contact PDE's Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting at 717.705.2343 or ra-pas@pa.gov.

 
Friday, February 13, 2015 8:09 AM

State Rep. Mike Tobash has introduced HB 168, which amends the Public School Code to eliminate all Keystone Exam subjects except Algebra I, literature and biology and prohibits the exam from being used as a statewide graduation requirement. 

 

 

 
Thursday, February 5, 2015 9:07 AM

Registration is now open for the WOMEN'S CAUCUS 2015 ANNUAL SPRING CONFERENCE, Sunday, May 3 - Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA -- a professional development program offered by the Women's Caucus of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA). The focus is "Leading and Learning in a Diverse and Challenging World."

This conference features speakers, numerous educational sessions, and many opportunities for networking and professional growth. 

Featured presenters this year include:

* Dr. Dana Lightman, author and founder of POWER Optimism - "Leadership with a Positive Edge"

* Mary Curley, director of communications, Chester Co. I.U. - "Establishing and Implementing Effective Communication Strategies"

* Hannah Barrick, director of advocacy, PASA/PASBO - "Legislative Update: Changing Faces, Continuing Challenges"

Featured educational sessions include:

* Building a Global Competence Within Our Students

* Literacy Achievement

* Growing Inequality and Diversity for Leadership

* Update from the PDE

* Insights and Inspirations from the Superintendency

* Legal Update

* Is Everybody Welcome? Building Diverse Classrooms 

Entire conference: $325 for PASA members/$445 for non-members. (Additional registration options available.) Fee includes materials for the conference, meals and receptions. 

HOTEL RESERVATIONS ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARTICIPANT. Deadline: April 3.  See the conference registration form for details.

TO REGISTER: See the PASA web site at www.pasa-net.org/workshopWC2015.asp for a registration form, directions for making hotel reservations and other conference information, or call PASA at (717) 540-4448.

 

 
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