Press Releases

Thursday, March 19, 2015 1:32 PM

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting is announcing a change for the PSSA Accountability Reporting internal snapshot to May 14, 2015. PDE learned from LEAs that there would be an issue in meeting the expected turnaround time for each assessment testing window, in order to submit data to PIMS. In an attempt to lessen the burden, PDE analyzed the PSSA and Keystone internal snapshot process and calendar to see if there were opportunities to consolidate some of our individual internal snapshots.

To that end, PDE is pleased to announce that the internal snapshots scheduled for PSSA Accountability (4/17/2015, 4/24/2015, 5/1/2015 and 5/8/2015) will be performed during the scheduled 5/14/2015 internal snapshot

Additionally, the Winter and Spring Keystone Exam Accountability Reporting internal snapshot scheduled for 5/27/2015 will be changed to 5/29/2015 to ensure that LEAs have enough time to validate their data at the end of the testing window prior to uploading to PIMS for the internal snapshot.

The revised PIMS Elementary Secondary Consolidated Collection Calendar 2014-2015 rev 1.9, which includes the changes outlined above, has been published on the PIMS web page.  It is located at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pims-pennsylvania_information_management_system/8959

LEAs are encouraged to use the sandbox as a tool to test and prepare data for successful data submission. LEAs should be aware that data submitted in this internal snapshot will be used to calculate participation and performance rates. It is important to start early and submit data on time. There is no correction window so there is no opportunity to update or change data after the deadline.

Contact Pennsylvania Information Management System customer support at 800.661.2423 or help@pimssupport.org for help with uploading data. The direct link to submit an electronic ticket is https://paitsm.service-now.com/pde_wizard_redirect.do.

Please contact PDE's Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting with questions at 717.705.2343 or ra-pas@pa.gov.

 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:52 AM

Gov. Wolf is ushering in a new political opportunity in Pennsylvania. His budget is a home run for Pennsylvanians, actually focusing on things that matter to voters — quality education, more and better jobs, government that works.

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Source: PSBA Daily EDition, March 18, 2015; Allentown Morning Call, March 17, 2015.

 
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: www.pennlive.com, 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.

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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.

Click here for the press release.

 

 

 
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:

https://sasmeetings.webex.com/sasmeetings/j.php?J=710756117

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 https://pvaas.sas.com

Questions specific to Act 82 Educator Effectiveness are to be directed to ra-edeff@pa.gov.

 
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 (https://www.votervoice.net/NASSP/Campaigns/38971/Respond). And please continue to spread the word!

 
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