Press Releases

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.

 

 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 3:15 PM

 Register now for a webinar, "Supporting Principal Leadership for Pre-K - 3rd Grade Learning Communities," will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015 from 3:00 - 4:15 PM (Eastern). The webinar is presented by The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO); National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP); and National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS-SDE).

The evolving role of today’s elementary principal offers an unprecedented opportunity to provide leadership to pre-K – 3rd grade learning communities, often extending beyond school walls to work with diverse community partners. Yet most principals have little training in effective early childhood instruction and pedagogy; and there are few resources that provide clear guidance to principals in this critical role. NAESP’s recently released, “Leading Pre-K-3 Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Practice” offers principals, teachers, family members, and others best practices, relevant resources, and indicators to guide new efforts to align early care and education with early elementary grades.

Click here to register and for more information.

 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 10:53 AM

Dr. Dina G. Wert, a former National Distinguished Principal (NDP) and an elementary principal in the Downingtown Area School District, has been appointed by the PA Principals Association president to serve as the chairperson of the 2015 PA Principals Association Nominations Committee. The committee also includes Dr. Barry L. Purvis, a retired secondary principal in the Chambersburg Area School District, and Dr. Betsy Adams, a retired secondary principal in the Conrad Weiser Area School District.

If you are interested in running for one of the open board positions (president-elect must be an elementary member; or regional representative – click on link below for open positions) in the 2015 PA Principals Association election, please contact the PA Principals Association office at snyder@paprincipals.org or (717) 732-4999 for an application. Applications must be received in the PA Principals Association office by Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

Statewide Elected Position:

  • President-Elect – Must be an Elementary Member

Click here for the President-Elect Duties and Responsibilities (From the PA Principals Association Policy Manual).

Click Here for the Open Regional Representative Positions

Click here for the Regional Representative Duties and Responsibilities (From the PA Principals Association Policy Manual).



 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 9:08 AM

The National Exercise Program (NEP) consists of whole community exercises from across the country that align to national strategic goals - Principals' Objectives - set every two years by the White House's Homeland Security Council/Principals Committee. For each two-year NEP cycle, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) works with exercise sponsors within all levels of government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations to incorporate their existing planned or scheduled exercises into the NEP. The NEP may be used to assist in safe school initiatives and to create greater coordination and collaboration in a community to move toward a more secure and resilient nation.

To visit the NEP website, click here.

For facts about NEP, click here.

For a nomination form, click here.

 
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 8:12 AM

If you missed the last #FairFundingPA Twitter chat, click this link to read the comments: http://sfy.co/a0CeD

 
Monday, February 2, 2015 11:29 AM

Attention PA Principals Association Members: The updated salary data for 2013-2014 from PDE is now available on our web site. Click on PA Principals Association Salary Search on the Home Page. A new PRINT feature has been added, which allows you to print your results. You must log in to access this information.  

 
Friday, January 23, 2015 9:15 AM

The Senate and House of Representatives have finalized the rosters for the standing committees in their chambers. Here are the rosters for the State Education Committees:
      Senate Education Committee: Republicans: Lloyd Smucker, chairman; Mike Folmer, Vice Chairman; Patrick Browne; John Eichelberger; Dominic Pileggi; Robert M. Tomlinson. Democrats: Andrew Dinniman, Democratic chairman; Daylin Leach; Rob Teplitz; Anthony Hardy Williams.

      House Education Committee: Republicans: Stanley Saylor, chairman; Rosemary Brown; Jim Christiana; Hal English; Mark Gillen; Seth Grove; Kristin Phillips Hill; Harry Lewis; Bernie O'Neill; Thomas Quigley; Kathy Rapp; Mike Reese; Craig Staats; Will Tallman; Mike Tobash; DanTruitt. Democrats: James Roebuck, James R., Jr., Democratic chairman; Michael Carroll; Scott Conklin; Patrick Harkins; Patty Kim; Mark Longietti; Dan Miller; Gerald Mullery; Michael O'Brien; Steve Santarsiero; Kevin Schreiber.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, Jan. 23, 2015.

 
Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:44 AM

The first monthly Twitter chat of 2015 with Pennsylvania’s major education leadership organizations is set for Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. The January chat will focus on a fair, predictable public school funding formula and the on-going work of the state’s basic education funding commission. Use hashtag #PAEdFunding to participate and follow the conversation.

pa school funding twitter chat

On the last Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m., the following organizations go to Twitter to discuss timely topics, ask questions and listen to the public’s responses:

  • The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA);
  • The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA);
  • The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO);
  • The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association)   
  • The Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS)

Join the conversation. Share your ideas, lurk, learn and let us know what you think about the state’s support for public schools. It’s a simple, free and fast-paced way to communicate and share information. If you’ve never tweeted before, here are directions and a few tips:

How to Get Started

Log-on to www.twitter.com, sign-up, create your profile, find people and organizations you are interested in following and start tweeting out messages in 140 characters or less. Be sure to follow our Twitter chat hosts:

  • @PASASupts          – Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators
  • @PSBA                  – Pennsylvania School Boards Association
  • @PASBO_org        – Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials
  • @PA Principals Association               -- Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals
  • @PARSS2go           – Pennsylvania Association of Rural and School Schools

What is a Twitter Chat?

Twitter chats happen when a group of people all tweet about the same topic using a specific tag (#), called a hashtag, which allows it to be followed like a transcript on Twitter. The chats are at a specific time, once, and often repeated at announced times.

Follow the Conversation or Check Back Later

To follow a Twitter chat live or to read the conversation later, log-on to Twitter, click on the #Discover link, then search for #PAEdFunding. Search for the hashtag. You can see all of the recent tweets on that topic. Then, read, reply and post your own thoughts and messages.

It’s That Easy to Join the Conversation!

 

 
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