Press Releases

Thursday, June 9, 2011 2:06 PM
For anyone who was unable to participate in one of the sessions titled "Understanding AYP 2011," presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Education'ss Bureau of Assessment and Accountability, a session was recorded and can be found at: http://www.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/2011_ayp/20278.

The handout to accompany this presentation can also be accessed at: http://www.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/2011_ayp/20278.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 5:15 PM
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has recently released a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) concerning the use of project-based assessments that are part of the new graduation requirements under the Chapter 4 regulations. Students who do not score proficient or above on a Keystone Exam module after two attempts may choose to complete a project-based assessment for that module. Points earned through satisfactory performance on one or more project modules related to the Keystone Exam module or modules on which the student did not pass will be added to the student's highest Keystone Exam score. The FAQ includes information for districts regarding the development and implementation of the projects, scoring, projects for IEP and ESL students and more. The information is posted on its SAS section of its web site (www.pdesas.org).
 
Friday, May 13, 2011 2:25 PM
Adam Schott is vacating his position as executive director of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, effective May 19, 2011. He is reportedly going to work for Research for Action (RFA), a Philadelphia-based, non-profit organization engaged in educational research, evaluation and strategic advice.
 
Friday, April 29, 2011 5:24 PM

Pennsylvania State Board of Education chairman Joseph Torsella has resigned to become the U.S. Representative for United Nations Management and Reform. Gov. Corbett has named Larry Wittig, of Tamaqua, Schuylkill County, as the new chairman.  

Mr. Torsella was nominated by President Obama for this position and recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the post.   He had been a member of the State Board since April 2008 and was named chairman in August of the same year by former Gov. Rendell. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of the National Constitution Center.  

Mr. Wittig has been a member of the board since 2001.

 
Friday, April 29, 2011 5:17 PM

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Ronald J. Tomalis as Secretary of Education.

Mr. Tomalis was nominated for the post in January by Gov. Tom Corbett. He most recently worked as a director at Dutko Worldwide/Whiteboard Advisors, a lobbying and public affairs firm. He served as an adviser to numerous nonprofit education groups and foundations, along with for-profit education related companies.

Prior to working at Dutko Worldwide, he held various senior management, policy, and operational positions in federal and state government.   From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Tomalis worked for the United States Department of Education, where he managed the implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as well as the $25 billion Title I/II programs.
From 1995 to 2001, he served as Executive Deputy Secretary of Education under Governor Tom Ridge.   Mr. Tomalis also served as counselor to the United States Secretary of Education and as Acting Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Prior to joining the United States Department of Education, he was the Executive Deputy Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where he took on the role of Chief Operating Officer for the department.

 
Thursday, April 28, 2011 7:30 PM

By Robert Swift (Harrisburg Bureau Chief) - Citizen'ss Voice, Wilkes-Barre
Published: April 27, 2011


HARRISBURG -
The scope of a state business tax credit program that promotes school choice would expand greatly under legislation approved Tuesday by a House committee.

By a 21-4 tally, the Republican-controlled Education Committee voted to make more state tax credits available to businesses and expand student eligibility for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program into the range of middle-class incomes.

Read more: http://citizensvoice.com/news/school-choice-tax-credit-bill-advances-1.1138000#ixzz1KqcuZiUF

 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:34 PM

The results of PA Principals Association's 2011 Election have been announced thanks to our Nominations Committee - Dr. Joan Crouse, chairperson, and members Brian Cashman, Sr. and Michael Gay, along with Margaret Foster, PA Principals Association president, who assisted in obtaining the candidates for this year's election.

After our members voted online, we are proud to report that the following are your newly- elected president-elect and regional representatives for this year's election:

President-Elect (Elem.)        -       Dr. Joshua A. Doll, Dallastown Area M.S., Dallastown A.S.D.

East III Elementary         -       Jacqueline C. Havrilla, Evans E.S., Spring-Ford A.S.D.

East I Secondary        -       Vito S. Quaglia, Wyoming Area Sec. Ctr., Wyoming A.S.D.

Central II Elementary        -       Tabetha A. Haldeman, Reamstown E.S., Cocalico S.D.

Central II Secondary         -       Dr. Benjamin K. Ruby, Northeastern M.S., Northeastern York S.D.

West I Elementary         -       Rosemary C. Sheridan, Pfeiffer-Burleigh E.S., Erie City S.D.

West I Secondary         -       Sharon D. Sielski, Linesville H.S., Conneaut S.D.

 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 1:03 PM
A proposal to create a school voucher program for Pennsylvania (Senate Bill 1) was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, April 11 with a vote of 15-11, but a scheduled Tuesday, April 12 vote on the bill was delayed until April 26 at the earliest so the bill could be revised.

The school choice bill allows students to attend private or parochial schools of their choice with state-paid vouchers.

To read more: Corbett pushes school vouchers - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 7:40 PM

The 2011 Annual Safe Schools Conference, "Keeping Our Children Safe: Strategies for Schools and Communities" will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg, May 11-13, 2011. This conference will focus on creating a positive school culture that supports academic success and provides a safe teaching and learning environment. The conference provides an opportunity to learn about the latest research in school safety and violence prevention, hear about effective program models and practices from state and national experts and network with colleagues. The conference is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in partnership with the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Center for Safe Schools.   

Additional details and registration information can be found on the Center for Safe Schools web site:
http://www.safeschools.info/SSConf2011Overview.php

 
Friday, March 18, 2011 7:00 PM
This week, the State Board of Education met to discuss and receive updates on a variety of issues, including the proposed Chapter 12 regulations on student nutrition/health and wellness which have been tolled by the Attorney General's office in order for the State Board to provide clarification on provisions relating to the composition and duties of the health advisory committee; and also whether students who participate in work related to school gardens would be subject to child labor laws. Once the Attorney General's office receives the information, the regulatory review process may continue and the State Board will determine next steps concerning the proposal.
 
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