News

Pennsylvania plan to track student performance released

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 2, 2017 4:38 PM
education_desk_2.jpg


(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania has unveiled a new plan to track the performance of its 1.7 million students that includes a broader measurement of academic success.

The state Department of Education released a draft of the proposal Wednesday that conforms to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The law was passed in 2015 to replace the No Child Left Behind law, which critics said focused too much on standardized testing.

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to submit plans on how to measure student performance.

The new Pennsylvania plan provides students with a holistic education, moving schools away from focusing primarily on English, math and science, said Matthew Stem, a deputy secretary at the department.

Pennsylvania's proposal includes shorter statewide assessment exams and creates a "dashboard" approach to school report cards by factoring in such things as chronic absenteeism and participation in Advance Placement courses.

The earlier School Performance Profile scores were based largely on standardized testing.

A longer-term goal for the state is to increase the number of students graduating from high school in four years from about 85 percent to 92 percent by 2030. It also wants to increase enrollment in career and technical education programs.

The plan will be available for public comment through Aug. 31.

An earlier story appears below. 

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania has unveiled its new plan to track the performance of nearly 1.7 million students statewide -- and to include a broader measurement of academic success.

The state Department of Education released a draft of the 133-page proposal Wednesday under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the federal law was passed in 2015 to replace No Child Left Behind, which critics said focused too much on standardized testing, and requires states to submit plans on how to measure student performance.

Pennsylvania's proposal includes shorter Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams and creation of a "dashboard" approach to school report cards by factoring in such things as chronic absenteeism and participation in Advance Placement courses.

Tagged under ,

back to top

Give Now

Estate Planning

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Smart Talk

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

DuPont Columbia Awards

Support Local Journalism

Latest News from NPR

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »