Press Releases

Monday, September 9, 2013 12:32 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has posted the Electronic Worksheet for the Classroom Teacher Rating Form on the PDE website at:
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/educator_effectiveness_project/20903

The purpose of this electronic worksheet is to assist administrators as they implement the new classroom teacher evaluation system in 2013-14, specifically in completing summative evaluations on the new rating form, PDE 82-1, which was published in the June 22, 2013 Pennsylvania Bulletin.

This downloadable, multi-tab worksheet permits administrators to enter rating values for classroom teachers, which are then automatically transferred to a summary form that can be printed for signatures.

Questions regarding the electronic worksheet should be directed to Debby Wynn at dewynn@pa.gov.

 
Monday, September 9, 2013 8:58 AM

Carolyn Dumaresq agreed to become the state Department of Education's third administrator in four months — but with an end date in mind, she said.

Dumaresq, 66, a lifelong educator from Dauphin County, told Gov. Tom Corbett she'd lead the department until his term ends in 2014 and then retire.

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/education/4640688-74/education-department-dumaresq#ixzz2eO6Ra8Xm 

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review By Brad Bumsted Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

 
Friday, September 6, 2013 3:33 PM

We will be tweeting at this year's conference! Join the conversation @PA Principals Association by using #Lessonsinleadership13.

Register for the conference today!

 
Thursday, August 29, 2013 2:39 PM

Dr. Paul M. Healey, PA Principals Association executive director-elect, attended the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee hearing on Common Core held on Thursday, August 29, 2013.

The Senate Education Committee held on open hearing on the Common Core today presided over by Senators Folmer, Dinniman and Teplitz. Testimony was offered only by representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the State Board of Education. Acting Secretary of Education, Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq, provided answers to the senators’ questions.

Click here for Dr. Healey’s summary notes from the hearing.

 
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:15 AM

After Gov. Tom Corbett requested and received acting Education Secretary William Harner's resignation, he named a one-time state teachers union executive director as Harner's replacement.

Corbett chose Carolyn Dumaresq, Ed.D., who has been serving as the department's executive deputy secretary, to serve as acting secretary of the state Department of Education, effective immediately.

Click here for the full story from Pennlive.com. Click here for more on Dr. Dumaresq.

Source: Pennlive.com, August 26, 2013.

 
Monday, August 26, 2013 3:19 PM

Less than three months after being named as acting state Education Secretary, two sources have confirmed that William Harner is being forced out of the post in Gov. Tom Corbett’s Cabinet.

Click here for full article.

Source: Pennlive.com, August 26, 2013.

 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:22 AM

The 45th edition of the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools has been released. Conducted annually by PDK International in conjunction with Gallup, the poll is the longest-running survey of American attitudes toward education and thus provides an extensive and trusted repository of data documenting how the public’s viewpoint on public education has changed over the decades.

Click here for the PDK/Gallup Poll press release, August 21, 2013.

Click here to view and print the report.

More: The Washington Post: Poll: Most Americans unfamiliar with new Common Core teaching standards

 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:19 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) Standards Aligned System (SAS) Institute is scheduled for December 8 through December 11, 2013, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pa.

Registration details will be forthcoming from PDE.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 8:24 AM

Governor Tom Corbett has announced that the U.S. Department of Education has approved the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver request that will help make our Pennsylvania’s public schools better for our children and their families.

The approved waiver is designed to improve Pennsylvania education in three areas: making sure all our students are ready for careers or college; developing recognition and accountability standards by the state for all public schools; improving and supporting effective teachers and principals in all our classrooms.

Pennsylvania’s students need to be graduating from high school with high-quality academic credentials regardless of their career path. The state has developed high-quality assessments to make sure students achieve those academic standards.

Recognizing academic achievement and holding public schools accountable are essential to ensuring that taxpayer dollars are being invested in education programs that benefit students. Beginning in the fall, students, parents, taxpayers and educators will have access to user-friendly information that shows academic progress of all public school buildings across the state.

Through the use of the recently developed School Performance Profile, which will provide a comprehensive overview of multiple measures of student achievement, Pennsylvania citizens will be able to determine the quality of the educational programs in their schools and how students are performing.

The new educator evaluation system, signed into law last year by Corbett, will assess educators on multiple measures of student achievement, will provide schools with access to comprehensive resources to improve classroom instruction and provide professional development to teachers, principals and superintendents.

The new evaluation system will be in place for classroom teachers beginning with the 2013-14 school year and for principals and specialists in the 2014-15 school year.

The waiver also abolishes the adequate yearly progress designation for each school building and school district. In its place will be the School Performance Profile that will be used to measure the academic progress of all public schools.

Title I schools, those with a high percentage of low-income students, will receive a federal designation of “Priority,” “Focus” or “Reward” based on four annual measurable objectives:

Student participation on the math and reading Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams and the algebra I, biology and literature Keystone Exams;

Student graduation or attendance rate;

Closing the achievement gap of all students – reducing the number of students who score below proficient on the PSSA, Keystone Exams and the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) by 50 percent over a six-year period; and

Closing the achievement gap of historically underperforming students – reducing the number of students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged and English language learners who score below proficient on the PSSA, Keystone Exams and the PASA by 50 percent over a six-year period.

Schools designated as “Priority” or “Focus” will have access to intervention and support services from the state Department of Education to assist them in improving student achievement.

Schools that do not fall into a Title I category will receive a School Performance Profiles score rather than a federal designation, but will also have access to all the interventions and supports available.

For all public school buildings across the state, the School Performance Profile will provide a building-level academic score, which will be based on multiple indicators of academic achievement, including student performance on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment and Keystone Exams; closing the achievement gap; graduation rate; promotion rate; and attendance rate.

To download and print an overview of Pennsylvania’s No Child Left Behind approved waiver and Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

 
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