Pennsylvania

PA Looking to Expand ESSA Pilot Program

Katie Meyer reports for WITF that the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf is “touting a new approach to coordinating with schools on the district level” in the Keystone State. After successfully implementing an ESSA-related school improvement pilot program in three Pennsylvania districts last year, state officials are...

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ESSA = Lots More Info for Pennsylvania Parents

Dale Mezzacappa reports for Philadelphia Public School Notebook that, thanks to Pennsylvania’s ESSA plan, within the next two years Keystone State parents and education stakeholders of all kinds will have a lot more information at their proverbial fingertips, going “far beyond” simple demographics and exam...

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Pennsylvania Poised to Implement ESSA Plan

The Tribune-Democrat’s David Hurst writes about state reactions to Pennsylvania’s ESSA plan. “Pennsylvania’s plan reflects our guiding principles of transparency, equity and innovation – and provides new flexibility to schools as they prepare students for success after graduation,” state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera said....

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Pennsylvania’s Plan Panned by Peers

“Pennsylvania’s roadmap for where it wants to take K-12 education over the next 13 years is comprehensive but lacks enough rigor or detail in key areas, earning a lackluster review from an independent panel of school accountability experts,” writes Jan Murphy.

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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PA State Senator Voices Concerns with State ESSA Plan

Pennsylvania State Senator John H. Eichelberger Jr. says the State’s Department of Education “ignored the recommendations of legislative committee chairmen” on the state’s ESSA plan, which was “submitted Sept. 18 for assessment by the U.S Secretary of Education.” Eichelberger has written Education Secretary DeVos “asking...

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