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State ESSA plan available for public comment

Jamie Martines
| Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, 5:33 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education on Wednesday released the proposed state plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The plan is available in English and Spanish on the state Department of Education website.

The plan released Wednesday is a proposal. The public can weigh in online by completing a survey, which closes on August 31. The state must submit the plan to the federal government by September 18.

ESSA replaced No Child Left Behind as the federal education law in 2015 and addresses several factors, including testing, academic standards and teacher evaluations.

Under ESSA, states must create guidelines for monitoring academic proficiency, academic progress, graduation rates and English Language Learner proficiency.

Additional school quality and student success indicators specific to Pennsylvania include a career readiness benchmark and a measure of chronic absenteeism.

Long-term goals under the new plan include reducing the number of students who fail to graduate, increasing the number of students who achieve proficiency on PSSA and Keystone Exams and supporting English Language Learners in growth towards achieving English proficiency.

The state Department of Education also announced the development of the Future Ready PA Index, a new school report card that measures academic growth, school climate, graduation rates and readiness for opportunities after high school. The proposed tool would not give schools a letter grade or a numerical score.

Questions about ESSA? Curious about how this will impact your student or a classroom near you? Contact the TribLIVE Education Team: or 724-850-2867.

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