Press Releases

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.

 

 
Monday, February 25, 2019 8:28 AM

This week The Sentinel takes a Closer Look at how area school districts and students deal with mental health issues in schools. Topics include social media, teacher training, student assistance and more.
Carlisle Sentinel, Feb. 22, 2019
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Monday, February 25, 2019 8:01 AM

Tiffany Nix, superintendent of Leechburg Area schools, watched in frustration for years as hundreds of thousands of dollars went out the doors of her small, cash-strapped district with families who enrolled their children in cyber charter schools.

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Friday, February 22, 2019 2:39 PM

Not knowing the answer to a question when you’re called on in front of the entire class. Forgetting your homework. The kid behind you pulling your hair. School poses a lot of stressful moments, but how children (and teachers) react to them can make all the difference.

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Friday, February 22, 2019 9:17 AM

Girls and boys bully each other differently, demanding a different response, says Erik Stangvik, No Bully's vice president for development and strategy. Bullying among America's youth has reached epidemic proportions, Stangvik says.
Patch.com, Feb. 21, 2019


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Friday, February 22, 2019 9:09 AM

Women now make up a larger share of educators than they have in decades.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:40 AM

The 2019-20 CATS Secondary Program Approval file is now open for new secondary CTE program approval requests. The CATS file is a series of individual pages containing data elements pertaining to various aspects of approved CTE programs. The Bureau of Career and Technical Education recommends that approval for programs of study (POS) be sought for all programs for which a POS exists. For programs for which a POS has not been developed, seek Tech Prep approval. All approved programs must be delivered as POS or Tech Prep. All industry certifications MUST be entered for the teacher and students.  The deadline for seeking new program approval is May 31, 2019. CATS can be accessed at the login on PDE's homepage.

The Career Pathway Option is a program consisting of a minimum of two related classification of instructional programs (CIPs) that are POS approved programs and offer the same foundational technical curriculum the first year. The newly updated CATS Secondary Program Approval Instructions are available on the PDE website.

Any secondary institution may submit a request for POS approval. Currently, there are 43 POS available on PDE's website.

The competency/task grid for each POS has been developed as the foundational curriculum framework for the CIP. Therefore, all competencies/tasks must be addressed in the approved program. POS competency/task grids have been revised and are posted on the PDE website. Local Education Agencies must use the most recent list available. Additional competencies should be added as recommended by your Occupational Advisory Committee. Each course in the scope and sequence must be crosswalked to the task grid and aligned to the course where the tasks are taught.

In addition, your approved POS will provide the benefit of the articulated credits indicated by the statewide group of postsecondary institutions on CollegeTransfer.net.

If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Keisling, at (717)783-6996 or email tkeisling@pa.gov.

 
Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:20 AM

This announcement is in reference to the accountability requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA). It is regarding the secondary transition mandate by which each state is to determine, for the state as a whole, the extent to which students are achieving transition outcomes as stated in their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) (State Performance Plan – Indicator 14).

To meet this federal reporting requirement, once over a five-year period, each local educational agency (LEA) is required to survey all students with IEPs who graduate, dropout, or age out. The Pennsylvania Post-School Outcome Surveys (PaPOS) will be used to gather this data. The random sampling process used to assign each LEA to one of the five years in each cycle ensures that the LEAs selected each year are representative of the state as a whole with regard to LEA size, disability category, ethnicity, gender, and exiting status.

During the 2017-18 school year, LEAs assigned to target sampling Year 3 completed the exit survey. The LEAs assigned to PaPOS target sampling Year 3 need to be aware of the following points as they must fulfill the post-survey requirements during the 2018-19 school year:

  • No earlier than one year after the student left school and no later than September 30, 2019, the LEA will need to administer the PaPOS post survey to former students who had an IEP and who graduated, dropped out, or aged out at the end of the 2017-18 school year. (These former students should have been administered the exit survey in Spring 2018.) All this information will be entered by the LEA through the Leader Services online system.
  • Intermediate Unit and Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) transition consultants will monitor the LEA’s progress and assist as needed with the PaPOS procedure.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education's Bureau of Special Education will provide training on the implementation and electronic submission of the PaPOS target sampling Year 3 to LEAs via a webinar scheduled for April 17, 2019, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Please register for this webinar at www.pattan.net.

For questions about this process, please contact Hillary Mangis, Educational Consultant at the PaTTAN-Pittsburgh Office, at (800) 446-5607, ext. 6878 (inside PA) or via email at hmangis@pattan.net.

The following LEAs are assigned to 2018-19 PaPOS target sampling Year 3:

IU                           Local Educational Agency              

01                      Chartiers-Houston School District

01                      Fort Cherry School District

01                      Laurel Highlands School District

01                      Ringgold School District

01                      West Greene School District

03                      Brentwood Borough School District

03                      Chartiers Valley School District

03                      Keystone Oaks School District

03                      North Allegheny School District

03                      North Hills School District

03                      Pine-Richland School District

03                      Propel Charter School-Braddock Hills

03                      Spectrum Charter School

03                      Steel Valley School District

03                      Wilkinsburg Borough School District

03                      Woodland Hills School District

04                      Ellwood City Area School District

04                      Grove City Area School District

04                      Laurel School District

04                      Neshannock Township School District

04                      Seneca Valley School District

04                      Union Area School District

04                      Wilmington Area School District

05                      Northwestern School District

05                      Penncrest School District

05                      Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School

06                      Clarion Area School District

06                      Clarion-Limestone Area School District

06                      Dubois Area School District

06                      Keystone School District

07                      Dr Robert Ketterer Charter School

07                      Greater Latrobe School District

07                      Greensburg Salem School District

08                      Blacklick Valley School District

08                      Cambria Heights School District

08                      Central Cambria School District

08                      Ferndale Area School District

08                      Forest Hills School District

08                      Greater Johnstown School District

08                      Tussey Mountain School District

08                      Tyrone Area School District

09                      Galeton Area School District

09                      Northern Potter School District

09                      Smethport Area School District

10                      Clearfield Area School District

10                      Harmony Area School District

10                      Keystone Central School District

11                      Mifflin County School District

11                      Mount Union Area School District

12                      Bermudian Springs School District

12                      Chambersburg Area School District

12                      Littlestown Area School District

12                      West York Area School District

13                      Donegal School District

13                      Eastern Lancaster County School District

13                      Hempfield School District

14                      Brandywine Heights Area School District

14                      Fleetwood Area School District

14                      Hamburg Area School District

14                      Muhlenberg School District

14                      Reading School District

14                      Wilson School District

15                      Middletown Area School District

15                      Steelton-Highspire School District

15                      West Perry School District

16                      Berwick Area School District

16                      Lewisburg Area School District

16                      Milton Area School District

16                      Mount Carmel Area School District

16                      Susq-Cyber Charter School

17                      Muncy School District

17                      Northeast Bradford School District

17                      Southern Tioga School District

18                      Dallas School District

18                      Tunkhannock Area School District

19                      Abington Heights School District

19                      Lakeland School District

19                      Mid Valley School District

19                      Scranton School District

19                      Western Wayne School District

20                      Delaware Valley School District

20                      Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School

20                      Pen Argyl Area School District

20                      Saucon Valley School District

21                      East Penn School District

21                      Lehighton Area School District

21                      Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School

21                      Southern Lehigh School District

22                      Bristol Borough School District

22                      Neshaminy School District

23                      Colonial School District

23                      Lower Moreland Township School District

23                      Norristown Area School District

23                      Upper Merion Area School District

24                      Avon Grove School District

24                      Kennett Consolidated School District

24                      Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School

24                      Unionville-Chadds Ford School District

25                      Haverford Township School District

25                      Radnor Township School District

25                      Upper Darby School District

26                      Architecture and Design Charter High School

26                      ASPIRA Bilingual Cyber Charter School

26                      Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School

26                      KIPP Philadelphia Charter School

26                      Maritime Academy Charter School

26                      Multi-Cultural Academy Charter School

26                      New Foundations Charter School

26                      Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter High School

26                      Philadelphia Military Academy at Elverson

27                      Beaver Area Academic Charter School

27                      Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School

27                      New Brighton Area School District

27                      Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

27                      Riverside Beaver County School District

28                      Blairsville-Saltsburg School District

28                      Leechburg Area School District

29                      North Schuylkill School District

29                      Williams Valley School District

Targeted Philadelphia School District:

Bartram John – Main High School

Central High School

Constitution High School

Fels Samuel High School

Girard Academic Music Program

King Martin Luther High School

Parkway Northwest High School

Parkway Center City Middle College

Penn Treaty School

The LINC High School

 
Thursday, February 21, 2019 9:46 AM

There's bipartisan support for a package of eight bills to improve career and technical education in Pennsylvania. The bills introduced on Tuesday seek to improve education and recruitment, and create incentives for local businesses to contribute to technical programs. 
ABC Channel 27, Feb. 19, 2019
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