Press Releases

Friday, October 31, 2014 2:34 PM

TO:   News Editor/News Director

CONTACT:    Sheri L. Thompson, Director of Communications, Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals

122 Valley Road, P.O. Box 39, Summerdale, PA 17093

(717) 732-4999 (Phone)

(717) 732-4890 (Fax)


Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla Named President of State Principals’ Association

(Harrisburg, Pa.) — Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla, principal of Evans Elementary School in the Spring-Ford Area School District, was recently named President of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa. Havrilla assumed her new position on PA Principals Association’s Board of Directors following the association’s annual business meeting held October 21, 2014 during its 22nd annual state conference held in Pittsburgh.

"It is my privilege to serve the principals of Pennsylvania, especially during a time when being linked isn't an option, but a requirement, in this quickly changing world. It is important as leaders to continue to learn and grow as professionals. We have at our fingertips the means to connect that were not possible only a few years ago, and the effect that this can have on our schools and districts is limitless. PA Principals Association is the perfect organization to foster those connections and to give principals the tools needed to better prepare Pennsylvania's youth in the 21st century," said Havrilla.  

Havrilla began her education career in 1973 as an elementary school teacher at Turnpike Elementary School in the Sullivan County School District. After 21 years with Turnpike Elementary School, she became the assistant principal at Schuylkill Valley Intermediate/Middle School in the Schuylkill Valley School District from 1994-1995. She then went on to serve as assistant principal of Schuylkill Elementary School from 1995-1997; and from 1997-2002, as principal of Schuylkill Elementary School. She served as principal of Limerick Elementary School in the Spring-Ford Area School District (2002-2007) before assuming the principalship at Evans Elementary School, also in the Spring-Ford Area School District.  

Havrilla has been a member of PA Principals Association/NAESP for 20 years. She most recently served the association as President-Elect, and from 2011-2013, she served as the East-III Elementary Regional Representative on the PA Principals Association Board of Directors. In addition, she is an NAESP National Certified Mentor; has served as a panelist for PA Principals Association’s Aspiring Principals’ Workshops; and is an Alumni Board Member at Point Park University.

Havrilla received a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education from Point Park University. She also earned masters’ degrees in secondary guidance and rehabilitation counseling from the University of Scranton. Additionally, she received her K-12 administration certification from Bucknell University.

PA Principals Association’s membership of approximately 3,800 is comprised of elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders and is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).



PA Principals Association’s Mission: To ensure a quality education for every child by comprehensively supporting the educational leaders of our schools.

PA Principals Association’s Vision: To be the best service organization of its kind in the United States.

Friday, October 31, 2014 1:38 PM

For anyone who was unable to attend one of the "Getting Ready" for the 2015 State Assessments webinars, a recording of the training session is now available at:


Friday, October 31, 2014 1:36 PM

The revised and updated 2014-15 online training for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Keystone Exams test administrators has been posted to the Pennsylvania State Test Administration Training website at

Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:31 AM

Leading School Improvement Efforts, a FREE seminar for school leaders featuring Wayne Callender, and sponsored by PA Principals Association and McGraw-Hill Education, will be held in two locations in November. The first seminar will be held Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North. The second seminar will be held November 6, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Maggiano's in the King of Prussia Mall.

Click here for more information and the registration form. The deadline to register has been extended to Monday, November 3, 2014.



Wednesday, October 29, 2014 1:30 PM

Linking Student Learning to Teacher Supervision and Evaluation is an approved 30-hour Act 45 program that PA Principals Association will bring to your district. It is available to any school leader who needs Act 45 hours or your entire administrative team. The cost is $150 per individual with a minimum of six participants (you can coordinate with a neighboring school district, too). For more information, contact Dr. Paul Healey, PA Principals Association executive director, at (717) 732-4999 or For more information on the program, click here for the program flyer.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:36 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 the data from the Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS) is used by Data Recognition Corporation to produce pre-code labels for PSSA. This training will explain the templates required in this PIMS internal snapshot and the relevance to accurate data submission and reporting. The training will be followed by a question and answer period.

PDE will be offering four webinar sessions via GoToMeeting on Nov. 4, 2014, and Nov. 5, 2014. Presenters include representatives from PDE's Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting and Data Quality (PIMS). Trainings on both days will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 2 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 click 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 each webinar:        

Nov. 4, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Nov. 4, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Nov. 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Nov. 5, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Please contact PDE's Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting with any questions at 717.705.2343 or

Friday, October 24, 2014 1:13 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has developed a website to solicit feedback from the public on the eligible content in English language arts and mathematics in grades three through eight, and Algebra I and Literature at the secondary level.

Pennsylvania’s eligible content statements are a straightforward set of what the Department wants students to know and do at each grade level, and serve as the blueprint for the state assessments.

This website was designed to promote public awareness and understanding of the eligible content and obtain feedback from Pennsylvania educators, parents and the general public on the eligible content statements, their purpose and value.

If after gathering feedback PDE concludes that significant changes are needed, it will engage in a revision process via statewide public hearings.

The website is currently populated with eligible content for grade three English language arts and mathematics and is available for public review.

By mid-November, the website will be expanded to encompass the eligible content for grades three through eight and Algebra I and Literature.

Please share this information with educators, parents, community members and other interested parties and encourage them to visit and review the content. The feedback that is received will be invaluable as we evaluate and refine our career and postsecondary expectations for our students.

Monday, October 13, 2014 1:06 PM

Performance Profile (SPP) in the 2012-13 school year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education recognized that special circumstances may contribute to a school's federal designation or its state School Performance Profile score.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education allows schools to notify the Department of these special circumstances only if the circumstance creates an error in a school's designation or School Performance Profile score.  While the Pennsylvania Department of Education is not re-designating "priority" and "focus" schools in the 2013-14 school year, we are designating a list of "reward" schools.  Therefore, the Department is able to recognize two of the following three special circumstances that may impact a school's designation or school performance score: 1) the 1 percent cap; 2) participation rate; and 3) schools with no tested grades.  Remember that federal designations apply only to Title I schools. An explanation of each circumstance follows:

1 percent cap:  For purposes of the Federal Accountability Designation, the 1 percent cap on students who participated in the alternate assessment applies; for purposes of the School Performance Profile, the 1 percent cap does not apply.  Requesting an increase in the 1 percent cap for federal purposes requires schools to petition the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Bureau of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction for a higher cap prior to the administration of the assessment.  Therefore, it is too late for this special circumstance to apply.  Details concerning this request for future use can be provided by contacting John Nau in the Bureau's Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting via email at or by phone at 717.214.9391.

Participation rate:  If a school fails to meet the required 95 percent participation rate for federal accountability, and this failure is due to circumstances beyond the control of the school, such as parental opt-out, the school may notify Dana Klouser via email, at, of the circumstance that led to the insufficient participation rate.  Failure to meet the 95 percent participation can disqualify a school from being identified as a "reward" school.

Monday, October 13, 2014 12:30 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is pleased to announce Pennsylvania's Educator Effectiveness Rating System (PEERS), a free, voluntary, web-based version of the Act 82 Educator Effectiveness final rating tools (PDE 82-1, 82-2 and 82-3). This online tool will be available to local education agencies for the summative evaluation of teaching professionals, non-teaching professionals and principals/administrators during the second half of the 2014-15 school year.

PEERS will be hosted within the existing PVAAS web application, allowing all account holders to have ease of access to the online rating tools for the 82-1, 82-2, and 82-3 using the existing PVAAS account system. Through PEERS, the School Performance Profile (SPP) Score will be pre-populated by the PVAAS web application, with the flexibility to change the school or allow multiple schools. When available, PVAAS teacher measures will also be pre-populated into PEERS. As part of the web delivery, rating information will be aggregated to summary-level reporting.

PEERS is aligned to the 82-1, 82-2 and 82-3 .xls documents provided to LEAs on the PDE Educator Effectiveness webpage, with the added benefit of web-enabling the three forms to maximize the capabilities of a web interface and the online management of these forms.  The system will link teachers, principals/administrators, and non-teaching specialists to a possible final rating form based on PIMS data submitted by each LEA, with the ability to change the form as per local decision.

Use of PEERS is free, voluntary, and may be used alone 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.

Opportunity for Input: 

During the development and implementation process, PDE and SAS (the PVAAS provider) are interested in gaining input from administrators in the field in order to design and deliver a system that provides 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.

To that end, focus groups will be established to provide feedback, with the overall intent to elicit input as to the effectiveness of the online tool in meeting the needs of LEAs.

PDE is asking for a maximum of a three member LEA administrator team - representatives of large and small LEAs from rural, urban and suburban areas across Pennsylvania. Feedback is sought from those who plan to use the tool during the second half of SY14-15, those considering using the tool, and those who may use the tool along with other systems they already have in place.

Focus groups will be convened a maximum of twice during this school year to meet with SAS (the PVAAS provider), as well as completing a maximum of two online surveys about the design and development of PEERS.

Any LEA/District that is interested in serving on the PEERS focus group should email by October 15, 2014. One person from the LEA should email the name, role and email address for each person from your 1-3 member administrator team for the PEERS focus group.

To learn more information about the specific capabilities of this tool, please access the PVAAS site at for more details about PEERS.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014 1:39 PM

PSERS Board of Trustees announced yesterday the retirement of Executive Director Jeffrey B. Clay, effective March 6, 2015. Clay has served as Executive Director of the $53 billion pension fund since October 2003. Prior to his tenure at the pension systems, Mr. Clay was a judicial law clerk at Commonwealth Court and spent 10 years in private practice with the law firm of McNees, Wallace and Nurick, specializing in real estate and appellate litigation. PSERS’ Board will conduct a national search for Clay’s replacement.

Source: PSBA Daily Edition, October 8, 2014. 

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