Press Releases

Friday, November 22, 2013 10:53 AM

House Bill 803 allows schools to obtain a prescription for a supply of epinephrine auto injectors (EpiPens) and contains provisions concerning staff training, administration and storage of the EpiPens. The bill was amended to clarify that the provisions of the bill are in compliance with Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and state Chapter 15 regulations for protected handicapped students. Other changes require that 911 be called after administration of the epinephrine pen and allow parents to opt out.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, Nov. 22, 2013.

 
Friday, November 22, 2013 10:52 AM

Senate Bill 34 amends the Professional Educator Discipline Act to establish a comprehensive system to be used to investigate and discipline professional educators for misconduct. The bill expands the bases for discipline to include founded and indicated reports of child abuse as well as “grooming” behaviors such as sending a student sexually explicit text messages; shortens the time period for reporting to PDE; requires an educator arrested, indicted for, or convicted of certain crimes to report the action to the employing school within 72 hours; prohibits schools from entering into confidential settlement agreements that interfere with the entity’s mandatory reporting; and eliminates the current statute of limitations for the filing of misconduct complaints. The bill was amended to remove all language relating to “indicated reports.” Senate Bill 34 was re-referred to the Appropriations Committee.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, Nov. 22, 2013.

 
Thursday, November 21, 2013 2:52 PM

Attention PA Principals Association Members:

Have you been searching for a template for a Teacher Improvement Plan (TIP) that can be used with the new educator effectiveness model? PA Principals Association has developed a template which can be modified by the user to his/her own setting. The TIP includes all the necessary components of an effective plan which include: participants involved, identification of areas of remediation in priority order, composition of specific action plans and documentation of observations and meetings. If you use the TIP template in any manner, please give credit to PA Principals Association.

Click here for the TIP template.

Hope you find it useful.

Dr. Paul M. Healey
PA Principals Association Executive Director-Elect

 

 
Monday, November 18, 2013 12:03 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is providing an opportunity for local education agencies (LEA) to attend an online training that will assist in understanding the cohort graduation rate attribution and the attribution window. This training will explain the data elements required in this Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS) collection window and the relevance to 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 Nov. 25, 2013 and Nov. 26, 2013. Presenters include representatives from PDE's Bureau of Assessment and Accountability, PDE's Division of Data Quality (PIMS) and Data Recognition Corporation.

Trainings on both days will be held either from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is a change from the PIMS training calendar that had this training scheduled for Nov. 18, 2013 and Nov. 19, 2013.

To register, please select one of the four links provided below. Each morning or afternoon session has a distinct registration link. Be sure to select the link associated with the date and time 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. 25, 2013, from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/249091746

Nov. 25, 2013, from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/800291994

Nov. 26, 2013, from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/225727218

Nov. 26, 2013, from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/290135306


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

 
Friday, November 15, 2013 2:50 PM

Attention PA Principals Association Members:

On Thursday, November 21, 2013, the IRRC will vote on the proposed revisions to Chapter 4. The link below provides a good summary of what happens either way the IRRC votes.

Dr. Paul M. Healey, PA Principals Association Executive Director-Elect.

Click here for the implications of IRRC vote on Chapter 4 regulations.

 

 

 

 

 
Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:40 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education and Data Recognition Corporation representatives will be conducting the 2013-14 Winter Keystone Exams Administration Training sessions at the following times and locations:

     Pittsburgh PaTTAN on Nov.  5, 2013, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
     Harrisburg PaTTAN on Nov. 7, 2013, at 9 a.m and 1 p.m.
     King of Prussia PaTTAN on Nov. 8, 2013, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.


The training sessions will be presented live at each of the PaTTAN sites and broadcast via videoconference to the other PaTTAN locations, along with additional intermediate unit sites.

The information being presented is critical to the administration of the Keystone Exams therefore, it is required that every LEA participating in the 2013-14 Winter Keystone Exams send at least one representative to a training session. These are train-the-trainer sessions. The sessions are designed so that the representative who attends in-person can deliver the same information to his or her coordinators and administrators.

If you have not yet signed up for a spot at a live session or to view the presentation at a satellite location, please visit the PaTTAN website at http://www.pattan.net/category/Training/Calendar/2013/November

Remember, online registration enables you to receive registration confirmation via email, keep track of professional development activities with the transcript feature and view other available activities.

 
Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:30 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will offer training on the Data Interaction/eMetric system for the Keystone Exams. The training will provide an overview of the Data Interaction system and include time for hands-on training to help participants effectively navigate the site and produce reports that will enable them to make data-informed decisions.

TARGET AUDIENCE
Superintendents, charter school CEOs and Intermediate Unit Directors Building principals Educators teaching Keystone Exam-related courses

TRAINING GOALS
Gain a better understanding of the Data Interaction system Learn the features and benefits of the system Navigate the eMetric site Identify the reports that meet LEA needs through hands-on training

DATES, LOCATION AND REGISTRATION LINKS

Nov. 14, 2013, at PaTTAN Pittsburgh from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 18, 2013, at PaTTAN Harrisburg from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 20, 2013, at PaTTAN King of Prussia from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 21, 2013 at PaTTAN King of Prussia from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Use the following link to register for the trainings at all of the PaTTAN locations: http://www.solutionwhere.com/pattan/cw/showcourse.asp?1980.

Nov. 25, 2013, from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18
Use the following link to register for this training through My Learning Plan: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/Catalog.asp?H=1&D=15128&btn=View+Now.


Dec. 4, 2013, from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5
Use the following link to register for this training: http://www.solutionwhere.com/iu5/cw/showcourse.asp?3277.

Dec. 5, 2013, from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Central Intermediate Unit 10
Use the following link to register for this training: http://www.ciu10.org/Page/1201.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Please bring a laptop and an eMetric username and password.

CONTACT
Shazia Waters at 717.772.0020 or shwaters@pa.gov.

 
Thursday, October 24, 2013 8:55 AM

A new analysis of how all U.S. states stack up against countries around the world shows that 8th grade students in 36 states outperformed the international average in math and those in 47 did so in science.

Click here for the full story.

Source: Education Week, Oct. 24, 2013.

 
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 9:54 AM

Sen. Andrew Dinniman, R-Chester County, wants a law to compel the state Department of Education to be more forthcoming about the price tag attached to regulations it wants put in place. Frustrated over what he felt was reticence on the department's part about sharing the price tag for the Keystone Exams and the associated graduation testing requirement on the state and school districts prompted Dinniman to introduce legislation that won Senate Education Committee on Monday. The proposal would require a detailed fiscal analysis of proposed regulations to be shared throughout in the regulatory review process for regulations in the future. It wouldn't impact the ones associated with the Keystone Exams.

Click here for full article.

Source: Pennlive.com, by Jan Murphy, October 21, 2013.

 
Monday, October 21, 2013 12:50 PM

It has come to the attention of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) that some LEAs are administering the Keystone Exams inappropriately. Please remember that the Keystone Exams are end-of-course exams and are to be administered at the end or near the completion of the Keystone Exam-related course. LEAs are not to administer the Keystone Exams prior to students taking the Keystone Exam-related course for practice or diagnostic purposes.

There are two exceptions noted in Chapter 4 allowing the administration of the Keystone Exam prior to the completion of the Keystone Exam-related course: 1) A student who has achieved an advanced performance level on the most recently administered PSSA for a specific subject; or 2) a student who has transferred from another state and has achieved a performance level comparable to advanced on an assessment comparable to the PSSA and has demonstrated mastery of the Keystone Exam content may take the Keystone Exam prior to the completion of the Keystone Exam-related course.

Additionally, two exceptions exist for students taking the Keystone Exam at a time other than at the end of a Keystone Exam-related course:  1) Students who completed a Keystone Exam-related course earlier, but are taking the exam to satisfy the requirements of participation for federal accountability; and 2) students who are retaking the exam would meet this exception rule. Note that in some instances, students retaking the Keystone Exam may be completing the Keystone Exam-related course due to repeating the course. Not all students who fail to perform at a proficient level will repeat the course. It is a local decision whether a student repeats the course, takes a remedial course or is provided supplemental instruction.

Questions regarding the appropriate administration of the Keystone Exams can be directed to the Department’s Bureau of Assessment and Accountability at 717-705-2343.

 
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