By Torsten Ove / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 14, 2017 11:15 AM
Area public school officials slam DeVos, school choice initiative
Lawmakers hear local thoughts on PlanCon
School accountability systems have become a fixture of the US education landscape. While there is some evidence that school accountability efforts have had some positive effects on student achievement[i], evidence also suggests that accountability systems have created as many problems as solutions.[ii] Indeed, there is widespread agreement that accountability systems adopted under NCLB, as well as through programs such as Race to the Top and NCLB waivers, had significant flaws. In an effort to remedy these flaws, the new version of ESEA—entitled the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—provides much greater flexibility to states in developing their school accountability systems. Further, ESSA includes some mandates that push states to address some flaws of the former accountability systems. Most important of these mandates is that states must include some non-academic indicators in their systems. Thus, state policymakers have the opportunity to create accountability systems that more accurately capture school effectiveness in terms of both student achievement and other important student outcomes not related to test scores. T
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Inquirer by Kristen Graham , Inquirer Staff Writer @newskag | firstname.lastname@example.org Updated: FEBRUARY 14, 2017 — 9:52 AM EST
Fair Districts PA is calling for better redistricting, to ensure fairer elections. And thousands of Pennsylvanians are rallying behind them
The Philadelphia Citizen BY STEPHEN ST.VINCENT FEB. 15, 2017
There are many things we could never have predicted before November 8th (including, of course, the results on November 8th). But one of the strangest, least expected outcomes of Donald Trump’s election has taken root here in Philadelphia, and throughout the state: Suddenly, the subject of gerrymandering has become very sexy. errymandering is what happens when legislative redistricting breaks bad. Every 10 years, after the Census comes out, states have to redraw their congressional and state legislative district maps to account for population changes. In theory, this should be a straightforward, politically-neutral process. In reality, the lines are often drawn in ways that can only be described as contorted and tortured in order to benefit the party who controls the process.
The briefings are free and open to the public, but we ask that you please RSVP.
Forum #2 – Harrisburg Area (Enola, PA) Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Capital Area Intermediate Unit – 55 Miller Street (Susquehanna Room), Enola, PA 17025
Forum #3 – Philadelphia Thursday, March 2, 2017 – Penn Center for Educational Leadership, University of Pennsylvania, 3440 Market Street (5th Floor), Philadelphia, PA 19104
Forum #4 – Indiana University of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 1011 South Drive (Stouffer Hall), Indiana, PA 15705
Forum #5 – Lehigh Valley Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21, 4210 Independence Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078
Plan to join public education leaders for networking and learning at the 2017 NSBA Annual Conference, March 25-27 in Denver, CO. General registration is now open at https://www.nsba.org/conference/registration. A conference schedule, including pre-conference workshops, is available on the NSBA website.