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Local Pennsylvania Businesses Partner with Schools

June 15, 2019

According to Eric Morris at the Uniontown Herald Standard, local businesses are bringing in teachers from local schools to observe daily operations “with the hope it helps grow STEM curricula and the Teacher in the Workplace (TIW) program,” a “state-funded initiative that places educators at...

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Pennsylvania District Partners with United Way on Chronic Absenteeism

May 11, 2019

Elizabeth Behrman reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the Woodland Hills School District in Pennsylvania, which “is among more than 30 [school districts] that partner with the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s ‘Be There Campaign,’ aimed at reducing the number of students who are chronically...

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Pennsylvania Releases List of Struggling Schools

December 13, 2018

Avi Wolfman-Arent reports for WITF that Pennsylvania education officials have released a list of nearly 300 struggling schools, which under ESSA “will have to develop ‘improvement plans’ with the direction of state advisors.” But unlike in previous years, the state is focusing “less on schools...

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PA Looking to Expand ESSA Pilot Program

August 8, 2018

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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Pittsburgh to Participate in ESSA-Based School Improvement Pilot Program

July 16, 2018

Elizabeth Behrman reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the City of Pittsburgh’s “latest efforts to turn around its struggling schools are going to be a model for other Pennsylvania districts looking to boost their performance.” The city school district is one of three in the...

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ESSA = Lots More Info for Pennsylvania Parents

April 30, 2018

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

February 24, 2018

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

December 12, 2017

“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

October 17, 2017

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

October 6, 2017

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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PA Lawmakers Unsatisfied with State’s Most Recent ESSA Plan

October 2, 2017

In Pennsylvania, the Altoona Mirror reports that, after months of discussion and working together, the “chairmen of the state House and Senate Education committees were left unsatisfied” with the state’s most recent ESSA plan.

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PA Releases Draft ESSA Plan

August 15, 2017

Now that Pennsylvania has released its draft plan, Pennsylvanians have until August 31 to provide comments.

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PA Dept. of Ed to Reduce Classroom Prep Time and Questions for Statewide Standardized Tests

August 14, 2017

Under ESSA, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education will “cut the classroom prep time and test questions for statewide standardized tests students take in many grades.” According to Gov. Tom Wolf, “This reduction will ease the stress placed on our kids, and will allow students and...

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PA Releases Draft ESSA Plan for Public Comment

August 4, 2017

Pennsylvania released its draft ESSA public comment. The public is invited to review and comment on the plan through Aug. 31

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PA Dept. of Ed Accepting Feedback on Draft ESSA Plan Until Aug. 29

August 4, 2017

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Education is asking for public comment on the state’s draft ESSA plan. The department will accept feedback until August 29.

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PA Education Advocates Stress Importance of Teacher Voice in Creating ESSA Plan

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...

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PA Education Officials Attend Public Hearing on Overview of ESSA

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.”

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PA Dept. of Ed Seeks to Alleviate Testing Pressure on Students

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...

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PA Dept. of Ed to Host Education First Compact Forum

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.

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PA Releases State Working Group Recommendations on Accountability and Testing

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...

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The Morning Call Outlines Development of PA’s Accountability Plan

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.”...

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What Changes PA Students Can Expect with ESSA Implementation

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...

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Secretary John King and PA’s Secretary Pedro Rivera Meet to Discuss ESSA

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...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

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.

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PA Senate and House Hold Joint Hearing on ESSA

May 13, 2016

Senate and House Education Committees held a joint hearing to discuss ESSA. Read more here.

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PA Dept. of Education Meets with More Than 200 Stakeholders

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.

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Representative Schuster Discusses Bipartisan In-State Effort Around ESSA

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...

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PA State House and Senate Education Committees Hold Joint ESSA Hearing

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.

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