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Nov, 20, 2018

Check Out the Future Ready PA Index

The Future Ready PA Index recognizes that students – and the schools that serve them – are more than...

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Nov, 5, 2018

Designating Schools for Support

Under ESSA, states are required to craft and implement a system of school accountability—what ESSA ...

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Oct, 23, 2018

Global Competence – Curriculum Framework Now Available

The Curriculum Framework for Global Competence is designed to assist educators in developing instruc...

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Oct, 15, 2018

Registration for the SAS Institute!

Registration for this year’s SAS Institute, Future Ready PA:  Transforming Student Pathways, (Decemb...

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Sept, 18, 2018

Unique Performance Opportunity

The PA School Board Association (PSBA) is offering a unique opportunity to showcase smaller music en...

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Sept, 13, 2018

Are You Ready for an Innovation Challenge?

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education...

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Sept, 4, 2018

Gaming Creates Excitement About Career Exploration

Access some engaging career exploration games developed by Simcoach Games, a Pittsburgh-based techn...

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Sept, 4, 2018

Why Support the Arts?

The arts are fundamental to our humanity. But there’s more. Discover the Ten Reasons to Support the ...

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Sept, 4, 2018

What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?

The inaugural What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Best of PA Video Contest featured entries from con...

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July, 26, 2018

Professional Development: Integrate to Improve Student Achievement

This one-day workshop is designed to prepare educators to lead systemic change through dynamic data ...

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June, 4, 2018

Science Professional Opportunities and Resources

Scroll down through the recent edition of the Science Eblast to access a calendar of exciting activi...

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June, 4, 2018

Future Ready PA Index Indicators College and Career Ready Measures: Graduation Rate and Postsecondary Transition to School, Military, or Work

The Graduation Rate and Postsecondary Transition to School, Military, or Work indicators are two of ...

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June, 4, 2018

Professional Development in the Arts

Self-paced professional development is now available through the State Education Agency Directors of...

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June, 4, 2018

Professional Growth Opportunity

PDE is always looking for educators to join the PDE team for committee work. Eligible committee memb...

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May, 15, 2018

Future Ready PA Index Indicator: English Language Proficiency

The English Language Proficiency Indicator, one of two on-track measures, serves as a federal accoun...

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May, 15, 2018

Keystone Library Grants

Keystone Library Grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Cons...

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May, 6, 2018

Future Ready PA Index Indicator: Rigorous Courses of Study

The Rigorous Courses of Study Indicator represents the percentage of 12th graders who participated i...

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May, 4, 2018

Future Ready PA Index Indicator: Industry Based Learning

The Industry-Based Learning Indicator is designed to evaluate how students are engaging in work- an...

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April, 24, 2018

Future Ready PA Index Indicator: Career Readiness

For the 2018-19 school year and beyond, school entities must demonstrate that students have met the ...

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April, 9, 2018

Future Ready PA Indicator: Grade 3 Reading/Grade 7 Mathematics Early Indicators of Success

The on-track measure, Grade 3 Reading/Grade 7 Mathematics, reflects research on the relationship bet...

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April, 5, 2018

Future Ready PA Indicator: Statewide Assessment Measures

Future Ready PA indicators fall into three main categories: Statewide Assessment Measures On-Track ...

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April, 2, 2018

Connecting the Classroom to the Workplace: Teacher in the Workplace Grants

Through Teacher in the Workplace programs, teachers, counselors, and administrators are provided exp...

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April, 2, 2018

Recognizing Talented Educators

PDE seeks to develop a talent pool of distinguished teachers and educators at the elementary. This c...

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March, 23, 2018

Future Ready PA Index

The Future Ready PA Index will serve as Pennsylvania’s one-stop location for comprehensive informati...

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March, 23, 2018

Science as a Lever for English Learner Equity

Students do not need to wait until they learn English in order to engage in scientific thinking and ...

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March, 9, 2018

PCTM 2018 Annual Conference

This year’s Pennsylvania Conference of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM) conference will be held August...

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Feb, 23, 2018

Are You Teaching Green?

  The Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Education and Information Center supports...

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Feb, 23, 2018

Media Arts Professional Development Day

  PDE is sponsoring a professional development day for all who teach coursework in the media arts (...

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Feb, 14, 2018

Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Spring Institute (FREE)

Register now for the FREE Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Spring Institute in State College, P...

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Feb, 4, 2018

Primary Source Sets for Your Classroom

Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop critical thinking skills by exploring topi...

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Jan, 31, 2018

State Endorses Computer Science Standards

The State Board of Education passed a resolution that provides for the implementation of standards ...

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Jan, 8, 2018

Are You a Pathfinder?

  Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018 offers an intensive week of in-person professional development i...

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Jan, 5, 2018

Check out these Conference Opportunities!

The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE and C) is scheduled for Febru...

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Jan, 5, 2018

The English Language Arts Professional Community needs you!

PDE curriculum specialists populate this PLC with up to date information on hot topics in ELA. To jo...

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Nov, 3, 2017

Celebrate Computer Science Week!

December 4-10 is Computer Science Week. Click here to access a range of activities to inspire and mo...

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Nov, 3, 2017

Volunteers needed for Commonwealth Education Blueprint Study Group

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is convening two study groups to develop the Commonwealth...

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Oct, 30, 2017

Are You Digging Deeper?

Click here to access the newly released PVAAS Digging Deeper documents. In addition to English Langu...

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Oct, 21, 2017

PSSA Test Design 2018

 The 2018 test designs are posted on the PDE website (listed under each subject area).   Click here ...

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Oct, 12, 2017

2017 PSSA Item Samplers are now available!

To access 2017 Mathematics Item Samplers, go to http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Assessment%20and%...

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Oct, 5, 2017

Text Dependent Analysis Toolkit

Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) questions are a new item type on the Pennsylvania System of School Ass...

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Sept, 13, 2017

The Power of POWER Library!

POWER Library provides access to educational resources such as e-resources, eBooks, primary source d...

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Sept, 10, 2017

Gifted Endorsement Program

The On-line Gifted Endorsement Program is designed to increase the level of knowledge, expertise and...

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Aug, 18, 2017

“Capitol”izing on Languages & Global Education

Please join PA Council for International Education (PACIE) and PA State Modern Language Association ...

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Aug, 6, 2017

Pennsylvania’s ESSA Plan Submitted

We are proud to report that Pennsylvania’s draft Consolidated State Plan pursuant to the Every Stude...

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June, 11, 2017

PVAAS With A Purpose

The power in PVAAS comes from using key PVAAS reports to inform the work you do every day! To help y...

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June, 5, 2017

EDUCATOR IN THE WORKPLACE

Educator in the Work Place is an opportunity for school staff to experience firsthand the skills and...

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June, 1, 2017

NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR!

Nominations are open for the 2019 Pennsylvania Teacher of Year. Click here to access a short nomina...

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May, 31, 2017

SAS Institute Seeking Innovators!

PDE’s SAS Institute, Innovative Students…Innovative Educators, is scheduled for December 3 – 6, 2017...

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May, 25, 2017

SAS Professional Development Center Update

The Standards Aligned System (SAS) Professional Development (PD) Center is a major provider of Act ...

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May, 11, 2017

FIRST

Effective July 1, 2017, the SAS FIRST application will no longer be available on SAS. If you have qu...

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May, 10, 2017

SEEKING TALENT POOL RECOMMENDATIONS

PDE maintains a file of emerging classroom leaders that includes a cadre of distinguished teachers ...

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May, 8, 2017

Evaluation of Project Based Assessments (PBA)

For schools that have submitted Project Based Assessments (PBA) for evaluation, PDE will be convenin...

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May, 2, 2017

Become a leader in computer science in your school or district!

Click here to join the PA Computer Science for ALL Professional Learning Community. Employment of co...

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April, 28, 2017

SAS Institute 2017: Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for Innovative Students…Innovative Educators. George Couros, author of The Innov...

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Feb, 6, 2017

Teacher Innovator Awards

The Henry Ford Foundation is looking for teachers who demonstrate ingenuity and resourcefulness, who...

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Feb, 3, 2017

Improving Access to Computer Science Learning Opportunities and Pathways for All Students

Act 86 legislation allows students to substitute math and/or science graduation credit with a compu...

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Feb, 1, 2017

Act 48 Opportunities

The SAS PD Center offers an array of Act 48 courses for Pennsylvania educators. High quality courses...

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Jan, 27, 2017

African American Oral History…Educating and Enlightening for the Future

The National Civil War Museum is pleased to present, “The African American Oral History Project: Par...

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Jan, 11, 2017

Educator Scholarships Available

The Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge is offering scholarships for K-12 social studies and ELA teac...

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Jan, 4, 2017

PA Science Framework

The updated PA Science Framework is now available in the Curriculum Framework section on the SAS web...

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Dec, 9, 2016

Promising Strategies/Personalized Learning Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the seventeen schools/programs that received funding to support innovative progra...

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Dec, 6, 2016

USING PVAAS ON PURPOSE FOR A PURPOSE

CHECK OUT THE JANUARY-MAY 2017 PVAAS PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES BOOKLETS! These booklets ar...

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Nov, 29, 2016

Pennsylvania Learns: Geometry Course Now Available

In addition to the mathematics courses already posted in Pennsylvania Learns iTunes U site, a Pennsy...

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Nov, 28, 2016

Pennsylvania Has Your Back

William Penn founded Pennsylvania on principles of tolerance and freedom. All of us lucky enough to ...

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Nov, 16, 2016

LITERACY IS FOR LIFE!

LITERACY IS FOR LIFE!  Toolkit Now Available Children need to be prepared for life beyond school—lif...

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Oct, 31, 2016

Update: SAS Institute Registration – Registration Quotas No Longer in Effect!

 Don’t forget to register for the upcoming SAS institute: Personalized Learning…Empowering Teachers...

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Oct, 19, 2016

INSTRUCTIONAL TOOLKITS

Three instructional toolkits are now available for Pennsylvania educators.  Click here to access the...

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Oct, 9, 2016

PDE Grant Opportunities for K-12 Schools and Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) Programs

  The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is pleased to announce two grant opportunities av...

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Oct, 4, 2016

ASIAN AMERICAN CULTURE

The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs has created a list of literary ...

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Aug, 31, 2016

Dual Credit Program Development and Implementation Toolkit – Updated!

Dual or concurrent enrollment allows high school students to take college-level, credit bearing cour...

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Aug, 4, 2016

Independent Study Program Toolkit

Independent study allows high school students to pursue knowledge that is not offered in an existin...

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July, 18, 2016

Creating and Sustaining Professional Learning Communities

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational  Laboratory is offering a free webinar on how to create and s...

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June, 23, 2016

Non-Teaching Professionals: Act 48 Courses Available in SAS PD Center

Act 48 courses for non-teaching professionals are now available in the SAS PD Center. Go to http://...

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May, 20, 2016

PROJECT BASED ASSESSMENT UPDATE

Clck here to access a recent Penn Link regarding evaluation of Project Based Assessments.

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May, 11, 2016

NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR!

The Department of Education is seeking your help to identify outstanding educators who are of great ...

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March, 8, 2016

IMPLICATIONS OF SENATE BILL 880

Click here to access a recent Penn Link that clarifies the impact of SB880 on schools.  This Fr...

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Feb, 10, 2016

Learn More About Hybrid Learning!

The SAS PD Center now offers a non-facilitated course focusing on hybrid learning - where students e...

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Feb, 9, 2016

Increasing Graduation Rates and Decreasing Dropout Rates

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004 requires states to develo...

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Dec, 17, 2015

Refreshed! Renewed! Revitalized!

The SAS portal has undergone an exciting makeover. Highlights include ease of navigation, ability to...

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Sept, 22, 2015

DIGGING DEEPER: ELA, MATH, & SCIENCE

Digging Deeper into content areas documents are designed to help teachers and administrators move fr...

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Aug, 24, 2015

STUDENTS FIRST!

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has released the Fidelity Implementation Review and S...

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July, 9, 2015

Publish Your Best!

Publish Your Best is now designed for SAS users to create lesson plans and units for personal use.&n...

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June, 18, 2015

SAS INSTITUTE SAVE THE DATE

The Pennsylvania Department of Education's 2015 SAS Institute is scheduled for December 6, 2015, thr...

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June, 4, 2015

Pennsylvania Civics

Looking for an exciting professional development opportunity?  Submit an application to partici...

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April, 21, 2015

Global Awareness Map

Bring your history, geography, and current affairs classes to life with this free, interactive Globa...

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April, 1, 2015

Early Learning Standards

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning has revised its Early Childhood Education Standar...

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March, 23, 2015

Talent Pool Recommendations

PDE maintains a file of emerging classroom leaders that consists of a cadre of distinguished teacher...

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March, 18, 2015

PDE Seeking Project Based Assessment Evaluators

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is seeking qualified educators to assist in the evaluation ...

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Feb, 18, 2015

SIS Standards

  As part of its review process, PDE will be seeking feedback on the Student Interpersonal Skil...

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Feb, 2, 2015

REGISTER NOW FOR SAS 101

A series of one-day SAS 101 workshops has been scheduled for April 2015.  While geared for high...

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Nov, 10, 2014

MATH DESIGN COLLABORATIVE

Research has shown that formative assessment lessons are a powerful way to improve student learning ...

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Nov, 6, 2014

CHAPTER 4 FAQs

Click here to access the Chapter 4 Frequently Asked Question document.  The FAQs provide guidan...

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Oct, 1, 2014

CDT Student Metacognition Templates Now Available!

PDE has developed student metacognition templates to use with students as a process of moving learni...

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Oct, 1, 2014

CDT Skill Pamphlets Now Available!

PDE has developed grade level and course skill lists for Grades 3 – High School for the Classr...

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Sept, 30, 2014

REGISTER NOW FOR THE SAS INSTITUTE

Registration for the SAS Institute, The Power of Performance:  Preparing Students for...

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Sept, 15, 2014

PROJECT BASED ASSESSMENT FAQS AVAILABLE

Click here to access an updated version of Project Based Assessment Frequently Asked Questions.

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Sept, 10, 2014

PBA Webinar

Click here to access a recording of the September 10 PBA webinar: Project Based Assessments:  R...

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Aug, 28, 2014

PSSA Item Samplers for Middle School Now Available!

PSSA Preliminary Item and Scoring Samplers for Grades 6, 7, and 8 are now available on the PDE PSSA ...

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Aug, 20, 2014

Pennsylvania Learns iTunes U Course Development

PDE is seeking educators to assist in the development of Pennsylvania Learns iTunes U cour...

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Aug, 20, 2014

Development of Project Based Assessments

PDE is seeking educators to assist in the development of Project Based Assessments in Alge...

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Aug, 15, 2014

PBAs and Students with IEPs

Click here to access a recording of the August 8, 2014, webinar: PBA Update: Procedures for Stu...

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Aug, 12, 2014

Grant Opportunity for PA High Performing Schools

The Governor's Expanding Excellence Competitive (Mentoring) Grant is available to any local edu...

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Aug, 12, 2014

Grant Opportunity for Districts with Schools that have SPP scores of 79 or Lower

The Governor's Expanding Excellence Competitive (Mentoring) Grant is available to any local edu...

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Feb, 12, 2014

Accessing Project Based Assessment Released Projects

Click here to access to projects utilized in the 2013 Project Based Assessment field test....

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Jan, 17, 2014

PA Core Curriculum Maps

Pennsylvania educators have created a set of PK-12 curriculum module maps in Mathematics and English...

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Dec, 12, 2013

PA Core Aligned Writing Rubrics

The PA Core aligned writing rubrics for grades 3-5 and 6-8 are now posted on PDE's PSSA site.  ...

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Oct, 30, 2013

PDE Seeking Project Based Assessment Evaluators

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is seeking qualified educators to assist in the evaluation ...

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Oct, 18, 2013

Project Based Assessment Site is Open!

The Project Based Assessment (PBA) site is now open and available for site coordinators to register ...

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Oct, 16, 2013

Online Course Catalog

With an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), PDE has created a list...

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Sept, 30, 2013

Project Based Assessment

The Project Based Assessment site will open the week of October 14, 2013.  Assessment Coordinat...

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Sept, 30, 2013

School Performance Profile Media Kit

PDE has created a School Performance Profile (SPP) media kit for schools.  Click here to access...

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Sept, 16, 2013

Project Based Assessments

PDE has updated the Project Based Assessment Frequently Asked Question document and added a Roles an...

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Sept, 5, 2013

PA School Performance Profile – Charter School Training Update

The registration link for the charter school trainings is now available.  Please click on the l...

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Aug, 22, 2013

SAS Institute 'Save the Date'

The Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) SAS Institute is scheduled for Dec. 8 through Decem...

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Aug, 14, 2013

Project Based Assessment Webinar Recordings

PDE recently offered a Project Based Assessment webinar for school administrators.  To access t...

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June, 12, 2013

Classroom Diagnostic Tools Update

The Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) is a set of online assessments designed to provide diagnostic i...

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June, 11, 2013

PA Core - Eligible Content Crosswalks

Crosswalks showing the alignment between the PA Academic Standard Eligible Content and the PA Core E...

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June, 5, 2013

PA School Performance Profile (SPP) - Update 6/5/2013

The training site for the PA School Performance Profile (SPP) is now active.

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June, 3, 2013

PA School Performance Profile (SPP) - Updates

As of June 3, 2013 the following have been updated: Demonstration site (now includes an Elementary ...

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Jan, 17, 2013

PA Mathematics Core Training Modules

PDE has developed a series of training modules to assist educators as they transition their Mathemat...

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Jan, 17, 2013

PA Mathematics Core Standards Emphasis Documents

The Mathematics emphasis guides provide direction to educators in terms of what topics require more ...

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Jan, 8, 2013

Pennsylvania School Performance Profile PLC

PDE is pleased to announce the creation of a Pennsylvania School Performance Profile (SPP) Professio...

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Dec, 26, 2012

Library Model Curriculum

The Library Model Curriculum is based on the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards for English Language...

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Nov, 30, 2012

Keystone Exams – Depth of Knowledge and Cognitive Complexity

To gain a deeper understanding of Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and cognitive complexity of items on Keys...

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Nov, 30, 2012

Business, Computer, and Information Technology Curriculum Framework

With the completion of the Business, Computer, and Information Technology (BCIT) Standards, BCIT edu...

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Nov, 6, 2012

PA Core Aligned Curriculum Frameworks

Click here to download draft copies of the revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Curriculum ...

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Oct, 18, 2012

PA ELA Core Standards Training Modules

PDE has developed a series of training modules to assist educators as they transition their English ...

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Sept, 28, 2012

Core Standards Online Resources

Organizations and states from across the country have developed web sites with an assortment of valu...

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Sept, 28, 2012

PA Core Crosswalk Documents Available

Standard crosswalk documents are now available for English Language Arts and Mathematics.  The ...

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Aug, 10, 2012

PA Core Standards Available on SAS

With the establishment of PA Core Standards for ELA and Mathematics, Pennsylvania has also adopted t...

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July, 31, 2012

SAS Provides Access to the Teachscape Teacher Effectiveness Series

Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching was adopted as the overarching vision for effective ins...

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July, 25, 2012

Business, Computer, and Information Technology (BCIT) Standards

The Business, Computer and Information Technology (BCIT) Standards for PreK- 12 are now available in...

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May, 17, 2012

Safe & Supportive Schools

The Safe and Supportive Schools element is now active, and the Student Interpersonal Skills (SIS) St...

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May, 10, 2012

PA Core Standards

Pennsylvania Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics have been reposted and aligned...

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Feb, 8, 2012

PA Law Helps Protect Youth from Concussions

Governor Tom Corbett signed a law called the Safety in Youth Sports Act (PDF) that increases aw...

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Dec, 20, 2011

Keystones to Opportunity - Local Literacy Needs Assessment

The Keystones to Opportunity Initiative has added a NEW fill-in Local Literacy Needs Assessment to t...

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Dec, 2, 2011

Literacy Design Collaborative: It's Time To Write!

Through the support of the Gates Foundation, PA educators from across the state have developed a set...

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Oct, 31, 2011

Keystone Exams Update

The Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content document for Civics and Government is now available on S...

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Oct, 31, 2011

Keystones to Opportunities

Keystones to Opportunity Grant (Striving Readers) documents and PA Comprehensive Literacy Plan are n...

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