Press Releases

Thursday, May 17, 2012 2:51 PM

For anyone who was unable to participate in one of the sessions entitled "Understanding AYP 2012,"? presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Bureau of Assessment and Accountability, a session was recorded and can be found at accessed at:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/590418098.

The handouts to accompany this presentation can be accessed at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/2012_ayp/20803.

 
Thursday, May 17, 2012 2:41 PM

The Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) PASA 1% Cap Selection and PSSA-M 2% Cap Selection window will be available June 27  - July 2, 2012, at www.drc-web.com/onlinecorrections for LEAs who exceeded the 1% cap of Proficient and Advanced PASA scores and/or the 2% cap of Proficient and Advanced PSSA-M scores. LEAs will have the opportunity to determine which student Proficient scores will be counted as Proficient and which will be counted as not proficient for AYP calculations. In preparation for the opening of this important window, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and DRC will provide online training to assist LEAs in easily completing selections.

In order to ensure all LEAs have an opportunity to participate, PDE will be offering the same session multiple dates/times (see list below). The presentations will be available via "GoToMeeting™." To register, go to the link provided for each session below. Each session has a very specific link associated. Be sure to use the link associated with the session in which you will participate.       

PASA 1% CAP SELECTION and PSSA-M 2% CAP SELECTION:

June 21 from 9:30  - 10:30 a.m., to register, go to:   
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/334225186

June 21 from 1:30  - 2:30 p.m., to register, go to:   
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/787565810   


June 22 from 9:30  - 10:30 a.m., to register, go to:   
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/885691842

 
Thursday, May 17, 2012 1:46 PM

According to an Associated Press article, Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday that school districts could be dipping deeper into their reserves to avoid cutting programs next year, but public school advocates say most districts are already using the money and others are worried about being able to afford rising pension costs. Click here to read the Associated Press article.

 
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 4:52 PM

A child with a college savings account in his or her name is seven times more likely to go on to college,* and the Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Program can help families prepare for the rising costs of higher education.   

May 29, 2012, is the nationally recognized "529 Day," a day that has been dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of saving for college.   

To commemorate "529 Day," we are sponsoring a month-long sweepstakes where 10 lucky families will win a $529 PA 529 account.

Please join our efforts! Participating elementary schools will be provided materials about the PA 529 College Savings Program and the $529 PA 529 account giveaway to distribute to your students.     

In appreciation for your support, participating elementary schools will be entered to win FIVE iPads. Additionally, two schools will win a Radio Disney Dance Party.

Click here to get started and enter to win. (LINK http://www.pa529.com/529DayElementrySchool.html)

Please Note: Your school'ss information will not be shared with 3rd party organizations.

*William Elliott III and Sondra Beverly, The Role of Savings and Wealth in Reducing "Wilt" between Expectations and College Attendance, Center for Social Development Study, 2010.

The Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Program sponsors two plans - the PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) and the PA 529 Investment Plan (IP).   The guarantee of the PA 529 GSP is an obligation of the GSP Fund, not the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any state agency.   Before investing in either plan, please carefully read that plan'ss disclosure statement (available at www.PA529.com or by calling 1-800-440-4000) to learn more about that plan including investment objectives, risks, fees, and tax implications.

 
Monday, May 14, 2012 5:10 PM

U.S. News & World Report reviewed 21,776 U.S. public high schools; 193 Pennsylvania schools made the rankings.

Click here for Pennsylvania schools list.

Source: http://www.usnews.com.

 
Friday, May 11, 2012 5:32 PM

This week, the State Board of Education gave its initial approval to draft revisions to Chapter 4 regulations (Academic Standards and Assessment), with many of the changes relating to high school graduation requirements and Keystone Exams. (Click here to read the PDE press release.) The approved draft included numerous changes to the version discussed at its last meeting in March; the Chapter 4 revisions will now be subject to the first stage of the regulatory review process. There will be additional opportunities for comment and change before the proposal becomes final and effective.

Among the key provisions of the revised Chapter 4 proposal:

•  The proposal references the Common Core Standards as the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards and requires full implementation of the PA 
Common Core in English Language Arts and Mathematics by July 1, 2013.
•  The proposal removes the requirement for districts to complete state-prescribed strategic planning every six years. However, when a district's current   strategic plan is expired it will have to submit five plans currently required under other regulations to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for approval as follows: Every six years plans for teacher induction (Ch. 49), student services (Ch. 12) and gifted education (Ch. 16). Every three years, plans for professional development (Ch. 49), and special education (Ch. 14).     
•  The plan changes the security policies for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment by removing the current right of parents/guardians to review the exams prior to administration, except to determine whether the assessment conflicts with their religious beliefs.
•  The proposal extends the current graduation requirements to the Class of 2016, and new graduation requirements will begin with the Class of 2017.   
•  The proposal eliminates the requirement for students to complete a culminating project in order to graduate.
•  The number of Keystone Exams that will be offered will be reduced from 10 to 3, and they will be in these content areas: Algebra I, Literature and        Biology.
•  Two additional Keystone Exams will be required in future years contingent upon state funds being available for development of them and the project based   assessment with each. Beginning with the class of 2019, students will also have to pass a Composition Keystone Exam. Beginning with the class of   2020, students will also have to pass a Civics and Government Keystone Exam.   
•  Therefore, beginning with the Class of 2020, students will have to pass five Keystone Exams in order to graduate.
•  The department will develop five additional Keystone Exams that will be available for voluntary use by districts, subject to funding by the state. The        tests and schedule is as follows: In school year 2016-17: Geometry; in 2017-18: U.S. History; in 2018-19: Algebra II; in 2019-20: Chemistry; and in        2020-21: World History.   
•  Students must score proficient or above in the five required Keystone Exams in order to graduate. The exams will be stand-alone assessments and the requirement for a test score to count as one-third of the student's grade is removed.
•  Students who do not demonstrate proficiency must participate in supplemental instruction until they demonstrate proficiency on the exam or exam module complete a project-based assessment. Project-based assessments will not be developed for the five non-required Keystone Exams.
•  A new  "emergency waiver" option is created for 12th grade students who were not successful in completing the Keystone Exams or the project-based        assessment. The chief school may request waivers from secretary of education on a case-by-case basis for good cause for those identified students.
•  A chief school administrator who requests waivers for more than 10% of students who participated in a project-based assessment must submit an action plan for approval to the secretary. The plan must identify improvements that school will implement to each course associated with the Keystone Exam content for which the waivers were requested.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, May 11, 2012.

 
Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:33 PM

According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, a state budget for next year that would spend $500 million more than the governor'ss proposal passed the Senate on Wednesday, setting up weeks of give-and-take between the Corbett administration and Republican legislative leaders. The $27.65 billion Senate plan was approved on a vote of 39-8, and now awaits further action in the House. Click here to read the Pittsburgh Post Gazette article.

 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 1:03 PM
According to an article in the Morning Call, the Republican-controlled Senate has thrown down its marker in this year'ss budget debate, as a critical committee gave its unanimous approval to a $27.6 billion budget plan that reverses the Corbett administration'ss cuts to higher education and boosts spending on public schools and social service programs.The 50-member chamber could vote as soon as Wednesday on the spending plan, which would increase state spending from current levels by 2 percent. Click here to read the Morning Call article.
 
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 3:19 PM

The Senate plans to start voting today on a $27.6 billion state budget bill that would restore about $500 million of the spending cuts proposed earlier this year by Gov. Tom Corbett. The Senate leadership is proposing to put at least $50 million back in school districts.

Click here to read full article from pennlive.com.

Click here to read full article from the Scranton Times-Tribune.

  

  

 
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 3:31 PM

You may now register online for the 2012 PA Principals Association Conference, Oct. 21-23, at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh by clicking on the link below or clicking on State Conference then on Register Now! on the main menu. Hotel rooms are limited -- so register early!

http://www.paprincipals.org/state-conference/register-now.html

  

  

  

 
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