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Monday, April 14, 2014 1:14 PM

The 2014 PA Principals Association Election closed at noon today and the results have been certified by Vote-Now. Listed below are the candidates who were successful in this year's election. Congratulations!

Statewide Office:

President-Elect (Secondary Member) - Dr. William Ziegler

Regional Representatives:

East I Secondary - Christopher Gegaris

East III Elementary - Jonathan Ross

Central II Elementary - Beth Haldeman

Central II Secondary - Brian Raab

West I Elementary - Teresa Szumigala

West I Secondary - Sharon Sielski

 
Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:20 AM

PA Principals Association sends our heartfelt condolences to the students, staff and the entire Franklin Regional community. Our network of school leaders stand ready to assist the district in any way that is needed. We have offered our services to the district in an email to the Superintendent of Schools.

 
Monday, April 7, 2014 9:50 AM

Last week, Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq issued a letter to Senate Education Committee Chairmen Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D-Chester) confirming that the PA Department of Education (PDE) will not be developing any additional Keystone Exams, including tests for English Composition and Civics and Government, that were required to be implemented by the 2019-20 school year. According to Dumaresq, both Chapter 4 regulations and Act 82 of 2012 subject the availability of these exams to state funding, and the state does not have the resources to move forward at this time. Instead, the focus will be on assuring success on the three existing Keystone Exams (Algebra I, Literature, Biology) and other assessments already in place. Dumaresq also acknowledged legislation in the Senate Education Committee under Senate Bill 1244 introduced by Sen. Dinniman that would limit the Keystone Exams to just the three existing tests. 

 
Friday, March 28, 2014 1:43 PM

The PA Principals Association Election is open from 6 a.m. (EST) Tuesday, April 1, 2014 through 12 p.m. (Noon EST) on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Many e-mail providers impose restrictions on e-mail delivery, which may impact our ability to communicate with you and/or your ability to view images in HTML. To ensure you properly receive your PA Principals Association Election E-mail (with a link to your Ballot), please add vote-now.com to your address book OR you should ask your IT staff person to add vote-now.com to your district’s spam filter list so that the e-mail can get through. You should do this by 6 a.m. on April 1, 2014.

Please Note: The From Address on the e-mail will be elections@vote-now.com.

Thank you in advance for your time and participation in PA Principals Association’s Election!

 

 
Thursday, March 27, 2014 10:09 AM

I am the principal of an award-winning middle school in Canonsburg. We have been designated as one of 350 “schools to watch” nationwide, not for our test scores, which are very good, but instead for the ways in which we engage the “whole child.” This means we surround strong core academics with quality arts programs, technology education, physical fitness, wellness and extracurricular opportunities such as athletics and jazz band.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/03/26/Slay-the-testing-beast/stories/201403260004#ixzz2xAkKybRM

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, post-gazette.com, March 26, 2014 12:00 AM.

 

 
Thursday, March 27, 2014 10:05 AM

Congress made a sensible decision a decade ago when it required the states to administer yearly tests to public school students in exchange for federal education aid. The theory behind the No Child Left Behind Act was that holding schools accountable for test scores would force them to improve instruction for groups of children whom they had historically shortchanged.

Testing did spur some progress in student performance. But it has become clear to us over time that testing was being overemphasized — and misused — in schools that were substituting test preparation for instruction. Even though test-driven reforms were helpful in the beginning, it is now clear that they will never bring this country’s schools up to par with those of the high-performing nations that have left us far behind in math, science and even literacy instruction.

Click here for full article.

Source: New York Times, by THE EDITORIAL BOARD, published July 13, 2013.

 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:35 PM

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is aware of at least four Network Time Protocol Distributed Denial of Service attacks targeting school districts in 2014, indicating a possible trend of K-12 school district targeting.

The Network Time Protocol syncs the clocks of networked machines and runs over port 123/UDP. An obscure command, "monlist," allows a requesting computer to receive information regarding the last 600 connections to the Network Time Protocol server. A Network Time Protocol Distributed Denial of Service attack uses Distributed Denial of Service reflection and amplification: a malicious actor spoofs the victim's IP address and uses the monlist command to request that the Network Time Protocol server send a large amount of data to the victim. Since the requesting attacker sends a request to the Network Time Protocol server that is much smaller than the amount of information returned, it amplifies the effect on the victim.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
- Implement firewall rules that restrict traffic to the Network Time Protocol server from unauthorized sources.
- Instructions for determining if a Network Time Protocol server is vulnerable are available at http://openntpproject.org/

Please refer all questions regarding this advisory to RA-CISO@state.pa.us

 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:30 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and its statewide assessment vendor, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), will conduct training sessions on the administration of the 2014 Spring Keystone Exams on April 16, 2014. The training sessions will be presented live at the Harrisburg PaTTAN at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and broadcasted via video-conference to the King of Prussia and Pittsburgh PaTTAN locations, along with additional intermediate unit sites.

The information being presented is critical to the administration of the spring Keystone Exam therefore, it is required that every LEA participating in the 2014 Spring Keystone Exams (that did not attend a 2013-14 Winter Keystone Exams training session conducted in November 2013) send at least one representative to a training session. These are train-the-trainer sessions and are designed so that the representative who attends in-person can deliver the same information to his or her coordinators and administrators.

To register for the 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/April.
 
For more information, contact PDE's Bureau of Assessment and Accountability at 717-265-7655.

 
Thursday, March 6, 2014 8:58 AM

On March 1, 2014, the State Board of Education published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin amendments to the Chapter 4 Regulations that govern Standards and Assessments (22 Pa Code Chapter 4).

This action puts in place new academic standards, known as the Pennsylvania Core Standards; and the Keystone Exams, or project-based or similar assessments, as a graduation requirement beginning with students in the class of 2017.

To read the new Chapter 4 regulations, as printed in the March 1, 2014, Pennsylvania Bulletin, visit http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol44/44-9/434.html.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at RA-00BasicEd@pa.gov.

 
Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:42 PM

The U.S. Department of Education's Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) released new guidance today to help school systems and educators interpret and understand the major laws and best practices protecting student privacy while using online educational services.

Click here for the full story.

Source: ed.gov (United States Department of Education, Feb. 25, 2014.

 
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