May 12, 2015
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...
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....
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.
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:...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.