New Senate Education Chairman Calls for Accountability in Education System

New Senate Education Chairman Calls for Accountability in Education System

The new session brings new chairmen to both the Senate and House Education Committees and this feature spotlights Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) in his new role as Majority Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

Right off the bat, Chairman Eichelberger said substantial change and more accountability need to be brought to Pennsylvania’s schools, particularly in tough state budget times.

Friday, January 20, 2017/Author: Matt Hess
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Bill to eliminate future Keystone Exam development, provide graduation requirement flexibility to career and technical students begins legislative journey

Bill to eliminate future Keystone Exam development, provide graduation requirement flexibility to career and technical students begins legislative journey

The House Education Committee Monday unanimously approved House Bill 2381, legislation introduced by Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) that would provide graduation requirement flexibility to students enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) and eliminate the statutory requirement of the development of seven additional Keystone Exams.

Monday, October 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PDE releases 2016 school performance profile report

PDE releases 2016 school performance profile report

The Pennsylvania Department of Education Thursday announced the release of the 2016 school performance profile (SPP) report.

 

The school performance profile is a publicly accessible database providing a performance grade for individual school buildings while providing a building level academic score for educators, providing information used in determining federal accountability status for Title 1 schools, and providing resources to support schools as they try to improve academic performance.

Thursday, October 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House committees examine proposal to require civics education graduation test

House committees examine proposal to require civics education graduation test

The House Education and House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees held a joint hearing Monday morning to review House Bill 1858, legislation that would require Pennsylvania students to pass a civics education test as a prerequisite to high school graduation.

 

The test would be identical to the one immigrants take before becoming US citizens and students would have to pass the test with a score of 60 percent or higher.

Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education

New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education

Gov. Tom Wolf and Education Sec. Pedro Rivera Wednesday announced the formation of a new division within the Pennsylvania Department of Education aimed at accountability and improving quality in charter schools.

 

The announcement said the new Division of Charter Schools will provide technical support and guidance to charter schools to help them increase student performance, parent and community involvement, and ensure financial and academic responsibility.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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