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Friday, March 1, 2019 10:22 AM

If so, you will want to register now for the 2019 Educational Leadership Summit, sponsored by PA Principals Association and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA), to be held on August 4-6, 2019 at the Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos.

Bring the whole family as they can enjoy the largest indoor water park and other amenities while you are in session. 

There is still time to get in on the early bird discount by registering at https://ppa13.wildapricot.org/event-3210686 

 
Friday, March 1, 2019 10:21 AM

All U.S. states require most parents to vaccinate their children against some preventable diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough, to be able to attend school. Such laws often apply to children in private schools and day care facilities as well as public schools.
NPR, Feb. 28, 2019
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Friday, March 1, 2019 10:19 AM

All schools are federally required to provide translation and interpretation services for families, which is becoming more challenging given the linguistic diversity, and strain on school resources.
WESA, Feb. 28, 2019
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Friday, March 1, 2019 10:18 AM

This Black History Month has been packed with controversy, with scandals and headlines revolving around blackface dominating the national conversation.

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Friday, March 1, 2019 10:16 AM

The experience of natural spaces, brimming with greenish light, the smells of soil and the quiet fluttering of leaves in the breeze can calm our frenetic modern lives. It's as though our very cells can exhale when surrounded by nature, relaxing our bodies and minds.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 12:05 PM

A new threat reporting system for schools in Pennsylvania – the first state in the U.S. to mandate a tip line for all districts statewide – has fielded more than 6,200 reports this year, including one that helped police recover a loaded handgun from a child. 
USA Today, Feb. 26, 2019
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019 9:53 AM

The top-line finding included in a new report from EdBuild, a nonprofit that focuses on education funding, calls into question the ways state and local dollars are used to prop up some children at the expense of others and exposes a similarly startling funding discrepancy even when comparing poor white and poor nonwhite school districts.
U.S. News & World Report, Feb. 26, 2019
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Monday, February 25, 2019 3:08 PM

The PA School Boards Association's 2019 State of Education report is now available online. The PA Principals Association participated with the data and compilation of this report.

The report is a barometer of not only the key indicators of public school performance, but also the challenges schools face and how they are coping with them.

 

 

 
Monday, February 25, 2019 8:33 AM

Act 158 of 2018 (Act 158) expands the options for students to demonstrate postsecondary readiness through student pathways that illustrate college, career, and community readiness.

As part of the implementation of these graduation pathways, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will transition the Project Based Assessments (PBA) from web-based assessments to local resource documents through the following process:

  • PBAs submitted to the http://pba.pdesas.org/ website prior to March 31, 2019 will be evaluated by PDE. These projects will be scored by one external evaluator. If a project is deemed unsatisfactory, tutors may work with students to revise unsatisfactory responses and conduct a final evaluation within their Local Education Agency (LEA).
  • Projects completed after the March 31 deadline will not be reviewed or scored by PDE. Projects should be evaluated at the local level, at the LEA’s discretion.
  • The PBA website will be taken off-line on June 30, 2019.  PDE will populate the projects in the Standards Aligned System (SAS) portal as downloadable resources but will no longer manage PBA services. School administrators may download the projects from SAS and utilize them as determined by their LEA.

More information about the new statewide graduation requirement is available on the PDE website. Questions may be directed to RA-EDGRADREQUIREMENT@pa.gov.

 
Monday, February 25, 2019 8:31 AM

Act 158 of 2018 (Act 158), which was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on October 24, 2018, provides alternatives for high school students to demonstrate readiness for postsecondary success.

Act 158, in conjunction with Act 6 of 2017 (Act 6), expands the options for students to demonstrate postsecondary readiness through five pathways that illustrate college, career, and community readiness. The statewide graduation requirement outlined in Act 6 and Act 158 takes effect for the graduating class of 2022.

As required, the Department of Education (PDE) has released a Guidance FAQ document to provide an overview of changes to the statewide graduation requirement as a result of Act 158.

Future guidance will provide more detail as to the implementation of the requirements of Act 158, including the composite Keystone score, established cut scores for alternate assessments, and guidelines to define pathway evidence.

More information about the new statewide graduation requirement is available on the PDE website. Questions may be directed to RA-EDGRADREQUIREMENT@pa.gov.

 

 
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