May 12, 2015
May 24, 2017
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera and 2015 Teacher of the Year Mairi Cooper stress the need for policymakers to listen to teachers in the classroom when it comes to creating the state’s ESSA plan and ensuring greater educational equity. Citing ESSA as an “opportunity...
March 26, 2017
Matthew Stem, deputy secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education at the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education, attended a public hearing hosted by the House and Senate Education Committees on an “overview of ESSA” and “what schools can expect in the upcoming year.”
March 20, 2017
The Pennsylvania Dept. of Education “hopes to alleviate testing pressure on students and teachers” as the state pulls together their ESSA implementation plan. Deputy Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Matthew Stem, wants to utilize ESSA to “reduce the amount of time spent on standardized...
January 28, 2017
The Pennsylvania Dept. of Education will host an Education First Compact forum on February 2 to discuss ESSA implementation. Deputy Secretary of Education Matthew Stem and special assistant to the Secretary and ESSA Lead Beth Olanoff will host the event.
October 18, 2016
The Pennsylvania Dept. of Education released a report on recommendations given by state working groups. According to the press release, the report recommends “reducing the amount of time spent on standardized testing; making changes to testing policies, procedures, and performance measures; adjusting the accountability system...
October 8, 2016
The Morning Call published a piece outlining the development of Pennsylvania’s ESSA accountability plan, specifically discussing how the state will now have “more control over how and when students are tested as well as how much time those tests take up in the school year.”...
August 22, 2016
Students in Central Pennsylvania “won’t see much difference in their day-to-day activities under” ESSA but “significant changes are coming,” area officials are warning. Some changes will be evident during next Spring’s testing period but most will come about the year after. One superintendent said that...
July 15, 2016
U.S. Secretary of Education John King, and Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Rivera met with advocates to discuss potential school reforms that comply with ESSA. Secretary King talked significantly about the law’s ability to tackle equity issues stating, “The way the law is structured, it’s really...
May 16, 2016
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.
April 28, 2016
State Dept. of Education met with more than 200 stakeholders for the first of a series of meetings on ESSA. Read more here.
April 23, 2016
Representative Bill Schuster (R-PA-9) briefly discussed ESSA in an interview with Public Opinion, noting that it was a bipartisan effort and that the measure would return more power to the states, “prohibiting the Obama Administration from coercing states into accepting Common Core standards.” Read more...
April 8, 2016
The Pennsylvania State House and Senate Education Committees held a joint hearing on ESSA featuring two representatives from the state’s Dept. of Education. See the full hearing here.