Friday, July 22, 2011

Contest to name the Governor’s new dogs: How about “Charters” and “Vouchers”?

Contest to name the Governor's new dogs:

How about "Charters" and "Vouchers"?

House Education Committee school choice hearings in Philly Wednesday July 27th and Thursday July 28th from 10:00 AM-3:30 PM, 1st floor of 1810 Liacouras Walk at Temple University.  The Committee Chairman has asked that testimony be focused on some specific areas.

Agenda, Speakers and details here:


Click here for background on the series of PA House Education Committee hearings being held throughout the state this summer:



Pa. Board of Education establishes 'cut scores' for Keystone Exams

Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 9:36 PM
By JAN MURPHY, The Patriot-News 
Funding was put on hold this year for the Keystone Exams, a series of state graduation tests, but the cramming continues to prepare for 2012-13 when the tests begin to carry consequences for students.  The end-of-course tests in Algebra I, Biology and Literature that were field tested last spring are ready to go. 
On Wednesday, the State Board of Education established the "cut scores" for those three exams that separate the performance categories of below basic, basic, proficient and advanced. It also approved descriptions for each of those categories. 

Two of Pa.'s largest charters part of test score probe

Submitted by Benjamin Herold on Mon, 07/18/2011 - 22:07
Two of the largest charters in Pennsylvania, Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) and the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber), are among the89 schools across the state that are to be investigated for statistical irregularitieson 2009 standardized tests.

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