"The Schools That Teach tour provides leaders from the Department of Education and other Wolf Administration officials to see firsthand how schools and communities across the commonwealth are supporting teaching and learning," Rivera said. "In two years, Governor Wolf has secured historic investments in education – an additional $640 million - which are being driven into classrooms pre-kindergarten to post-secondary across Pennsylvania."
Rivera took time to hear from school administrators and others regarding how Marple Newtown is using the state investment in education to implement programs to aid in student success. He also outlined Governor Wolf's vision moving public education forward in the commonwealth, including the governor's support to implementing a more holistic measurement tool for evaluating schools.
"At Governor Wolf's direction, PDE has held dozens of events around the state to hear from education stakeholders including teachers, administrators, parents, students, policymakers, industry and business leaders, and higher education officials to determine which measures best reflect overall school success," Rivera said. "The current School Performance Profile is overly reliant on standardized test results, which can be a useful indicator of student growth, but do not adequately reflect student achievement."
"Schools across Pennsylvania are doing a great job using innovation and strategic partnerships to improve education," Rivera said. "These historic investments in our students will build on the strengths of our schools and help ensure a bright future for the commonwealth."
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Education