Press Releases

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 7:06 AM

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 3:46 PM

A free seminar sponsored by PA Principals Association and McGraw-Hill - Intervention, The Administrator’s Key Role in Responding to Struggling Students, will be presented by Wayne Callender in two locations:

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Berks County IU 14
1111 Commons Boulevard, Reading, PA

and

Friday, April 26, 2013
Midwestern IU 4
453 Maple Street, Grove City, PA

For more information, click here.

For a registration form, click here.

 
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 1:11 PM

The Senate Education Committee will consider several bills today including HB 2 which implements a new special education funding formula and establishes how any increases in the current special education appropriation are distributed using weighting factors based on category of disability. The bill also creates a Special Education Funding Commission to develop the components of the special education funding formula, including the weighting factors and the parameters of each category of disability.

 
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 1:10 PM

Last week, the State Board of Education approved extensive changes to its draft revisions of the Chapter 4 regulations for academic standards and assessment that received the board’s initial approval last May. This latest version of Chapter 4 changes will now be move the second stage of the formal approval process and be transmitted to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the Senate and House Education Committees for consideration.

Among the highlights, the revised regulations will:

  • Require proficiency in Algebra I, Biology and Literature Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement beginning with the class of 2017.
  • Subject to state funding, add two additional Keystone Exam graduation requirements: a Composition exam as a requirement for the class of 2019, and a civics and government exam for the class of 2020.
  • Change the use of the Keystone Exams to a stand-alone requirement for graduation; the scores will not be one-third of a final course grade.
  • Require school boards to adopt the new graduation requirements within six months of the effective date of the new Chapter 4 and provide a copy to parents and students, and make them available in each school building or on its web site.
  • Remove the state-prescribed strategic planning requirement; however there is a 28-day public inspection and comment period prior to school board adoption for the remaining six required plans (teacher induction, student services, gifted education, professional development, special education and pre-kindergarten if the school offers it).   
  • Change the provision for parental opt-out for religious reasons to require parents to explain their objection and also to require those students who are not taking Keystone Exams to take the project-based assessment.
  • Allow a student who did not score proficient on a Keystone Exam to retake the test without limit. A student who scores proficient or advanced is not permitted to retake the test. A student who does not score proficient must receive instructional remediation.
  • Allow students who have two failed attempts to demonstrate proficiency on a Keystone Exam to participate in a project-based assessment. A change removes the two-year requirement to receive remediation before a student is allowed to participate in a project. Another change allows seniors to participate in a project after just one unsuccessful attempt to pass a Keystone Exam.
  • Require the current highest performance level by Keystone subject area to be listed on a student’s transcript, and designate whether the level was achieved by the Keystone Exam or by the project-based assessment.
  • Allow two alternate pathways for students enrolled in a career and technical education program. First, such students may demonstrate proficiency on the Keystone Exams or a Pennsylvania Skills Assessment to meet the requirement for testing in composition, and civics and government. Second, such students who did not demonstrate proficiency on the Biology Keystone Exam may participate in a project-based assessment without having to take the Keystone twice. These pathways relate to graduation requirements; students would still be required to take Keystone Exams for state accountability purposes.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, March 15, 2013.

 
Friday, March 15, 2013 3:25 PM

For Immediate Release

January 2, 2013

CONTACT: Sheri L. Thompson
Director of Communications
Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals
122 Valley Road, P.O. Box 39, Summerdale, PA 17093
(717) 732-4999 (Phone)
(717) 395-6814 (Cell)
(717) 732-4890 (Fax)

sherit@paprincipals.org
www.paprincipals.org

 

Joseph P. Acri To Retire from PA Principals Association

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) Board of Directors has announced the upcoming retirement of Joseph P. Acri as the assistant executive director, effective June 30, 2013. Mr. Acri has advocated for principals and public education in Harrisburg more than three decades -- first as the senior consultant for management services for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association for 17 years, followed by his current position as assistant executive director of PA Principals Association.

Mr. Acri is a Viet Nam veteran who achieved the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He then went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University in business administration, followed by his master’s degree in industrial/labor relations and personnel administration from St. Francis University.

In 1997, Mr. Acri was hired by PA Principals Association. During his tenure, he has worked diligently for association members, while forming effective liaisons with legislators in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) leadership, the State Board of Education and other education associations.

He has been recognized for his professional achievements over the years with the most recent being the Pennsylvania Middle School Association Advocate for Public Education Award in 2011.

Following retirement, Mr. Acri plans to spend more time pursuing his hobby of restoring cars and traveling. He resides in Enola, Pa., with his wife, Rita, a teacher at East Pennsboro School District. They have two grown daughters, Joanna and Jeannine, who are both teachers.

 
Friday, March 15, 2013 3:22 PM

For Immediate Release

November 9, 2012

CONTACT: Sheri L. Thompson
Director of Communications
Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals
122 Valley Road, P.O. Box 39, Summerdale, PA 17093
(717) 732-4999 (Phone)
(717) 395-6814 (Cell)
(717) 732-4890 (Fax)

sherit@paprincipals.org
www.paprincipals.org

 

Kurt J. Nyquist Assumes Presidency of State Principals’ Association

(Harrisburg, Pa.) — Kurt J. Nyquist, principal of Penns Valley Area Elementary and Intermediate School in the Penns Valley Area School District, recently assumed the presidency of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa.

PA Principals Association’s membership of approximately 3,800 is comprised of elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders and is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Mr. Nyquist assumed the association reins following the annual business meeting held Oct. 23, 2012 during PA Principals Association’s State Conference held in Pittsburgh.

"It is a privilege and honor to serve as the president of PA Principals Association. The success of Pennsylvania’s schools would not be possible without strong principals. I look forward to serving and supporting Pennsylvania’s principals as we strive to constantly improve student learning,” said Mr. Nyquist.

Mr. Nyquist began his education career in 1993 as an elementary school teacher in the Bellefonte Area School District. After nine years of teaching, he became the assistant principal at Avis and Nippennose Elementary Schools in the Jersey Shore Area School District. He then served as the principal of the Avis Elementary School for two years.

Mr. Nyquist has been a member of PA Principals Association/NAESP for 10 years. He previously served the association as the Central I Elementary Regional Representative since 2010, and was a member of the 2011 PA Principals Association Conference Committee.

In addition, Mr. Nyquist is a certified Olweus Bully Prevention trainer, and has served as manuscript reviewer for the Pennsylvania Educational Leadership magazine since 2003.

In 1991, Mr. Nyquist received a bachelor of science degree in elementary and kindergarten education also from the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). In 1998 he also received a master’s in education in curriculum and instruction from Penn State. He obtained his Elementary Principal Certification from St. Francis University in 2000, and he is currently working toward his Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Penn State.

He resides in Bellefonte with his wife, Heather, and two sons Tyler and Evan.

 
Friday, March 15, 2013 3:18 PM

For Immediate Release

November 9, 2012

 

CONTACT: Sheri L. Thompson
Director of Communications
Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals
122 Valley Road, P.O. Box 39, Summerdale, PA 17093
(717) 732-4999 (Phone)
(717) 395-6814 (Cell)
(717) 732-4890 (Fax)

sherit@paprincipals.org
www.paprincipals.org

 

Dr. William T. Ziegler Named President-Elect of State Principals’ Association

(Harrisburg, Pa.) — William T. Ziegler, Ed.D., principal of Pottsgrove Middle School in the Pottsgrove School District, was recently named President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa.

PA Principals Association’s membership of approximately 3,800 is comprised of elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders and is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Dr. Ziegler assumed his new position on PA Principals Association’s Board of Directors following the association’s annual business meeting held October 23, 2012
during its 20th annual state conference held in Pittsburgh.

“PA Principals Association has equipped me to become a stronger educational leader within my school. I am honored and grateful to serve as the President-Elect for an association which strengthens school leaders to provide success for every child. In our ever changing global economy, the need for quality education has never been more important; as a result, PA Principals Association stands ready to serve principals and school leaders across this great Commonwealth to prepare students to compete and thrive in the global marketplace,” said Dr. Ziegler.

Dr. Ziegler began his education career in 1994 as a social studies teacher at Pottstown High School in the Pottstown School District. From 1998-2002, he served as the assistant principal of Pottstown High School in the Pottstown School District, and from 2002-2007, he served as the assistant principal of Pottsgrove High School in the Pottsgrove School District. In 2007, he assumed his current position as the principal of Pottsgrove Middle School.

Dr. Ziegler has been a member of PA Principals Association/NASSP for 11 years. Most recently, he served as treasurer on the PA Principals Association Board of Directors (2010-2012). He currently acts as the chairperson of the PA Principals Association Mini-Grant Selection Committee and he also served on the board as the East III Secondary Regional Representative. In addition, he served on the NASSP Publications Advisory Council from 2007-2009 and presented at the NASSP National Conference in 2003 and 2005.

Dr. Ziegler is active in his community as well. He was president of the Montgomery County Principals Association from 2008-2010, and currently serves on the board of Trinity Church and is the media director for Christian Educators Association International. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor in graduate education at Temple University since 2007.

Dr. Ziegler received a bachelor of science degree from Kutztown University, a master’s in educational administration from Gratz College and his Ed.D. from Temple University.

He resides in Boyertown with his wife, Kim, and their two children (ages 14 and 12).

 
Friday, March 15, 2013 3:14 PM

For Immediate Release

October 12, 2012

 

 

CONTACT: Sheri L. Thompson

Director of Communications

Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals
122 Valley Road, P.O. Box 39, Summerdale, PA 17093
(717) 732-4999 (Phone)
(717) 395-6814 (Cell)

(717) 732-4890 (Fax)
sherit@paprincipals.org
www.paprincipals.org

 

 

State and National Education Leaders To Convene in Pittsburgh

(Harrisburg, PA)—More than 200 elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals, supervisors and other education leaders will convene in Pittsburgh for the 20th annual state conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) to be held October 21-23, 2012 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel.

“This year’s conference once again provides administrators opportunities to engage in professional development that puts teaching and learning at the forefront of each experience. Attendees will gain skills and knowledge through a number of venues including workshops, trainings, seminars and presentations from national and international keynote speakers. As a member of PA Principals Association, and as an attendee at our conferences, I look forward to the opportunity to network with fellow administrators across the state in an effort to learn and grow as a professional,” said Mark A. Korcinsky, 2012 conference chairperson.

A few of the awards to be given out at the conference include the National Distinguished Principal and the Assistant, Middle Level and High School Principals of the Year. These will be given during PA Principals Association’s 28th annual banquet from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 (Grand Station Ballroom I-II).

In addition to the more than 75 vendors exhibiting their products for schools and classrooms in the Exhibit Hall (Grand Station Ballroom, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012), keynote addresses and a multitude of informational breakout sessions will be presented to attendees by three nationally known speakers and educators from across the Commonwealth during the 2 ½-day conference. Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs will present “Upgrading Our Schools for the 21st-Century Learner” on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 1:30-2:45 p.m. at the First General Session (Admiral Room).

On Monday, October 22, Colonel Arthur Athens (USMC,  Retired) will present “Back to Basics: The Fundamentals of Extraordinary Leadership” from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the Second General Session (Admiral Room). Also, presenting on Monday is Dr. Willard Daggett, who will present “Leading in Challenging Times,” from 1:30-2:45 p.m. at the Third General Session (Admiral Room).

On Tuesday, Oct. 23 at PA Principals Association’s Annual Business Meeting (8:15-9:15 a.m.), PA Principals Association President Dr. Barry L. Purvis will ‘pass the gavel’ to President-Elect Kurt J. Nyquist, principal of Penns Valley Elementary & Intermediate School in the Penns Valley Area School District, Spring Mills, Pa., making him the 2012-2013 PA Principals Association president.

 
Friday, March 15, 2013 3:04 PM

The State Board of Education voted to adopt final-form regulations to amend Chapter 4, Academic Standards and Assessment, of Title 22, the Pennsylvania Education Code, said Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis.

Specifically, the board’s action puts into place the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards and requires students to demonstrate proficiency on a Keystone Exam, validated local assessment or a comparable Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate exam.

As required by the new regulations, the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics must be implemented in all public schools across the state by July 1, 2013.

Similar to the nationwide Common Core State Standards initiative, which is under way in 45 states, Pennsylvania tailored these standards to meet the needs of Pennsylvania’s students and adopted its own assessments.

Tomalis noted that these rigorous standards will serve as a framework for schools as to what students should be taught and have knowledge of based on their grade level.

The board also adopted the final implementation schedule for the Keystone Exams, which are rigorous, end-of-course assessments designed to ensure a student’s mastery of specific academic content. These exams are required to graduate from a Pennsylvania high school.

Beginning with the class of 2017 – this year’s 8th-grade class – students will be required to pass three Keystone Exams – algebra I, biology and literature – or a comparable assessment to obtain a high school diploma.

The class of 2019 – this year’s 6th-grade class – will be required to pass four Keystone Exams – algebra I, biology, literature and composition.

The class of 2020 – this year’s 5th-grade class – and beyond will be required to pass five Keystone Exams – algebra I, biology, literature, composition and civics and government.

The composition and civics and government exams are subject to available state funding for development and implementation of each assessment.

Additionally, subject to available funding, five additional Keystone Exams would be made available to school districts for voluntary use based on the following schedule: geometry in 2016-17, U.S. history in 2017-18, algebra II in 2018-19, chemistry in 2019-20 and world history in 2020-21.

The board also voted to repeal the required culminating graduation project, and the Keystone Exams, from counting as one-third of a student’s course grade.

These new academic standards and the Keystone Exams are supported across the state by the business community, higher education leaders and early education organizations.

These groups recognize the importance of increasing academic rigor and the long-term benefit to students and the state’s economy.

For the past few years, the department has put into place comprehensive, high-quality resources, such as the Standards Aligned System (SAS), for schools and educators to use to enhance their academic and instructional programs and services.

SAS is a web-based system that provides educators access to Pennsylvania Common Core-aligned curriculum framework; materials and resources for classroom instruction, including a classroom diagnostic tool that provides details of each student’s strengths, weaknesses, knowledge and skills in specific content areas; voluntary model curriculum; and learning progressions that indicate how students progress toward mastery of the skills needed for postsecondary success.

Statewide, more than 143,000 registered users make use of the SAS web site, www.pdesas.org. To date, SAS has been accessed more than 29 million times.

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will no longer be required for 11th-grade students but will continue to be taken by students in grades 3 through 8. Additionally, the PSSA will be aligned to the Pennsylvania Common Core State Academic Standards in the 2014-15 school year. 

Now that the board has taken final action to amend the regulations, they will now go to the House and Senate Education committees and Independent Regulatory Review Commission for consideration. 

Source: PDE Press Release, March 14, 2013; http://www.education.state.pa.us.

 
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 7:13 PM

The Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality has updated CSPG #7, Level II Certification - Educational and Service Requirements and CSPG #18, Interstate Certification Agreement. The updated CSPGs can be found on PDE'ss web site at:

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/certification_staffing_policies_%28cspgs%29/8626/general_certification_information_%28numbers_1_-_24%29

 
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