Pennsylvania | Understanding ESSA


Local Pennsylvania Businesses Partner with Schools

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

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

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

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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