Press Releases

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:31 PM

Beginning in the 2014-15 School Year, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) will be offered an alternative to collecting Household Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications. This alternative is known as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and was enacted with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 §104(a).  Qualifying LEAs may participate in CEP with one, several, or all schools in the LEA. CEP is a beneficial and streamlined option for eligible LEAs and schools that wish to offer free meals to all children in high poverty schools and eliminate the paperwork and frustration that can go along with collecting individual household applications.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition (DFN), will be presenting three CEP informational webinars, which we highly encourage you to participate. The webinars will provide guidance on determining which LEAs and schools qualify for the CEP, timelines for submitting information and applications, and benefits, barriers, and lessons learned from other states who are already participating in the CEP. To participate, simply use the call-in numbers and codes below to sign-in to any session (registration is not required):

  • Thursday, 2/20/14 – 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. - Conference dial-in:  Toll Free:  1-855-750-1027,

Toll:  1-717-612-4733, Conference PIN:  476784, Web Conference URL: https://openscapewebconf2.pa.gov/client/fastclient_i_r606283EA.exe

  • Tuesday, 2/25/14 – 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. - Conference dial-in:  Toll Free:  1-855-750-1027,

Toll:  1-717-612-4733, Conference PIN:  117672, Web Conference URL:  https://openscapewebconf2.pa.gov/client/fastclient_i_r717901EA.exe

  • Wednesday, 2/26/14 – 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. - Conference dial-in:  Toll Free:  1-855-750-1027,

Toll:  1-717-612-4733, Conference PIN:  758471, Web Conference URL:  https://openscapewebconf2.pa.gov/client/fastclient_i_r829718F4.exe

 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 9:54 AM

Michael E. Allison, a former president of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) and principal of Hopewell Senior High School in Aliquippa, Pa., has been elected to the position of President-Elect of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), headquartered in Reston, Va. The announcement was made following an election held during the association’s Ignite14 conference held recently in Dallas, Texas. Congratulations, Mike!

 
Friday, February 7, 2014 11:29 AM

Announcement from Carolyn C. Dumaresq, Ed.D., Acting Secretary of Education, PDE -- Thanks to the responses from school and district leaders, PDE recognizes the challenges faced with any change to the 2014 testing window.  We have decided that there is no perfect solution, so our compromise will be an extension of the PSSA Math/Reading and PSSA Writing testing windows.

PDE will extend the PSSA Math/Reading window to March 17 - April 4, 2014.  Those schools/districts that need to administer the PSSA Math/Reading during the original testing window of March 17 - 28 will still have the opportunity to do so.  Schools/Districts that choose to take advantage of the extended window will have the ability to administer the tests March 24 - April 4, 2014.  The make-up window will be April 7 - 11, 2014.

DRC will maintain its current shipping schedule, so materials will arrive at schools/districts as originally planned.  PDE requires that schools/districts that take advantage of the extended window securely lock the assessments until such time as the assessments are administered.  Additionally, in order to maintain as much of the processing time as possible for DRC, PDE strongly encourages that LEAs return their used testing materials as soon as testing is complete, regardless of which testing-window option is selected.

The same logic applies to the PSSA Writing window. Materials will be available if you choose to test during the original window of March 31 - April 4; however, the window will be extended to April 11 for those who need it.  Make-ups for the PSSA Writing is April 14 - 25, 2014.

The PSSA Science and the Keystone Exams windows will not change.  The PSSA Science window is April 28 - May 9, including make-ups; the Keystone Exams window is May 12 - 23.

DRC will distribute a new survey to schools/district for those sites that wish to change their testing dates.

 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 2:50 PM

Governor Corbett’s Budget Increases Funding for Education by $387 Million; New Initiatives to Raise Student Achievement

Budget Information

Source: http://www.portal.state.pa.us, PA Department of Education, Feb. 4, 2014.

 

Corbett Unveils $29.4 Billion Budget With No Tax Increase: Pa. Budget 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed 2014-2015 budget of $29.4 billion would raise Pennsylvania's spending by nearly a $1 billion.

Click here for the full article.

Source: Pennlive.com, by Jeff Frantz, Feb. 4, 2014.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Calls for Additional $400 Million for Education in 2014-15

Corbett Budget Plan for Pennsylvania Raises Special Education Funding

 
Friday, January 31, 2014 9:59 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and its vendor, Data Recognition Corporation, will conduct training sessions on the administration of the 2014 PSSA at the King of Prussia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh PaTTAN office locations. The information being presented is critical to the administration of the 2014 PSSAs. Every local education agency is required to send at least one representative to a training session. These are train-the-trainer sessions, and it is expected that the representatives deliver the information to their coordinators and test administrators.

The training sessions will be presented live at each of the PaTTAN sites listed below. The live presentations will simultaneously be broadcasted to additional PaTTAN locations and intermediate units for individuals who cannot make it to the live sessions. To register for a live session and view a list of available locations that will be broadcasting the event, visit PaTTAN’s website at: http://www.pattan.net/category/Training/Calendar/2014/February

Live Sessions

Feb. 10, 2014

PaTTAN King of Prussia (two live sessions)

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Feb. 11, 2014

PaTTAN Harrisburg (two live sessions)

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Feb. 13, 2014

PaTTAN Pittsburgh (two live sessions)

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m

For more information, contact PDE Bureau of Assessment and Accountability at 717.265.7655 or visit  www.education.state.pa.us.

 

 
Friday, January 31, 2014 9:55 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is providing an opportunity for local education agencies (LEA) to attend an online training that will address how Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS) data is used by Data Recognition Corporation to produce pre-code labels for spring Keystone Exams and for uploading student data for Classroom Diagnostic Tools. This training will explain the data elements required in this PIMS collection window, and the importance of accurate data submission and reporting. The training will be followed by a question and answer period.

PDE will be offering a total of four webinar sessions via "GoToMeeting" on Feb. 6, 2014, and Feb. 7, 2014. Presenters will be from PDE’s Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting. Trainings on both days will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

To register, please select one of the links provided below. Each session has a distinct registration link. Be sure to select the link associated with the session you plan to attend. 

Note:  Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the specific system requirements and link for joining the webinar you selected:        

Feb. 6, 2014, from 10 a.m. – Noon https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/710756794

Feb. 6, 2014, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/252470986

Feb. 7, 2014, from 10 a.m. – Noon https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/489558506

Feb. 7, 2014, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/522402482

Please contact PDE’s Bureau of Assessment and Accountability with any questions at 717.705.2343 or ra-pas@pa.gov.

 

 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 1:23 PM

A new podcast on "Pension Reform" by Dr. William R. Hartman, Jr., and Dr. Paul M. Healey, PA Principals Association executive directors, has been posted on the PA Principals Association website. Find the View Our Podcast button on the homepage and click on View Now or click on this link: http://www.paprincipals.org/resources/PA Principals Association-podcast

 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:01 AM

Seeking visionary individual with interest in legislative and advocacy for the part-time position as assistant executive director with PA Principals’ Association.  PA Principals Association is a non-profit, member organization serving school leaders across the state. Successful candidate must be well-spoken, possess excellent written communication skills and comfortable using technology. This position requires attendance in Harrisburg at hearings and meetings and time in the office and some travel serving member needs. Submit letter of interest and resume by February 28, 2014, to: Dr. Paul M. Healey, Executive Director-Elect, PA Principals Association, 122 Valley Road, Summerdale, PA 17093. EOE.

 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:30 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has updated  CSPG #21 - Testing.

Summary of changes to CSPG #21:

1.  The Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) reading, writing and mathematics tests replaced the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) effective April 2012. PPSTs are still being accepted if they were taken on or before Dec. 31, 2012.

2.  Added the acceptance of the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) and the American College Test (ACT) plus writing for meeting the basic skills assessment requirement.

3.  Eliminated the 10-year test score validity requirement.

4.  Added a six-month grace period for acceptance of replaced tests.

5.  Added the Letter of Eligibility test requirement.

6.  Deleted the following statement: "Test scores submitted under the 3-out-of-7 rule as stated in Chapter §49.65 (e) must have been successfully completed within five years of the date of application" since the rule has changed.

The updated CSPG can be found on PDE's website at www.education.state.pa.us, select Teachers, Administrators and Certifications, then select Certification Staffing Policies (CSPGs) from the left navigation bar or copy and paste the following link into your browser:

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/certification_staffing_policies_%28cspgs%29/8626

 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:01 AM

Drexel University's School of Education Special Education Program presents a professional development opportunity for comprehensive and intensive training in the mechanics and legal benefits of IEP Meeting Facilitation and Conflict Resolution on February 19-20, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Philadelphia Center City. The registration rate is $695 for individuals; and $650 for groups (three or more individuals from an agency/organization).

Click here for the registration flyer or contact Cassie Velasquez at cassiev@key2ed.com or 602-430-8482.

 
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