May 12, 2015

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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