Investing in schools and supporting students from pre-K to postsecondary, improving access and accountability, and providing access to a high-quality education for all Pennsylvanians are just some of the priorities of the Department of Education and the Wolf Administration. Since taking office, the governor has worked with the legislature to secure historic increases in education funding at all levels, totaling nearly $640 million dollars.
Meanwhile, the Department of Education has worked to improve student and school accountability measures, creating a more holistic process to evaluate student success. The Department conducted 30 feedback sessions dedicated exclusively to exploring ideas to modify the School Performance Profile, or SPP, soliciting feedback from a variety of stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, parents, students, policy makers, advocates, industry and higher education leaders.
The existing SPP, which was first used in 2013, is heavily reliant on standardized test scores, which only mark student performance at a single point in time during the school year. PDE's recommendations for the Future Ready PA Index retain several of the indicators from the current SPP; however the weighting of those indicators would be modified.
To date, the Schools That Teach tour has made stops at more than three dozen schools across Pennsylvania. A Google Map of all tour stops is available here.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Education