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Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2014
The goal of this manual is to provide guidance in the evaluation of educators, highlight critical components of effectiveness training, and offer opportunities for professional growth. The term "educator" includes teachers, all professional and temporary professional employees, education specialists, and school administrators/principals.…
Descriptors: Guides, Teacher Effectiveness, Teachers, Principals
Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2010
This paper presents some facts about Pennsylvania's student achievement for 2010. These facts are: (1) Eighty two percent of Pennsylvania schools are meeting all of their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets--up from 78% of schools last year; (2) Pennsylvania students exceed state academic goals and achieve double digit gains since 2002; (3)…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Federal Programs, Academic Achievement, Educational Indicators
Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2010
Federal law requires Pennsylvania, and all other states, to transition to a new calculation method for determining high school graduation rates. Beginning in 2012, using graduation data from the Classes of 2010 and 2011, the "4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate" calculation will replace the "4-Year Leaver Graduation Rate"…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, High Schools, Charter Schools, Graduation Rate
Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2010
This paper offers a list of questions and corresponding answers about the 4-year cohort graduation rate. Answers to the following questions are presented: (1) Why don't GED (General Educational Development) students count as graduates?; (2) How does a district code students who have moved out of state? How should a district code a student who…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Individualized Education Programs, Graduation Rate, Educational Improvement
Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2010
Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts was created to provide research-based, high quality pre-kindergarten opportunities to at-risk children across the commonwealth by leveraging the existing early education services in schools, Keystone STARS child care programs, Head Start, and licensed nursery schools. The standards are high and the accountability…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Nursery Schools, Kindergarten, Young Children
Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2010
This handbook describes the responsibilities of district and school assessment coordinators in the administration of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). This updated guidebook contains the following sections: (1) General Assessment Guidelines for All Assessments; (2) Writing Specific Guidelines; (3) Reading and Mathematics…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Guides, Educational Assessment, Writing Tests
Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2009
Teachers of very young children have the awesome task of providing rich information and experiences that build skills and understanding in the context of every day routines and within intentionally-designed play opportunities that capture children's interests, wonder and curiosity so they want to know more. Pennsylvania's learning standards join…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Childhood Interests, Holistic Approach, Glossaries
Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2009
Teachers of very young children have the awesome task of providing rich information and experiences that build skills and understanding in the context of every day routines "and" within intentionally-designed play opportunities that capture children's interests, wonder and curiosity so they want to know more. Pennsylvania's learning…
Descriptors: Young Children, Kindergarten, Early Childhood Education, Childhood Interests
Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2009
Teachers of very young children have the awesome task of providing rich information and experiences that build skills and understanding in the context of every day routines and within intentionally-designed play opportunities that capture children's interests, wonder and curiosity so they want to know more. Pennsylvania's learning standards join…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Childhood Interests, Holistic Approach, Glossaries
Tandberg, David, Comp. – Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2008
In September of 2008, the Pennsylvania Board of Education requested that the Deputy Secretary for Postsecondary and Higher Education in the Department of Education conduct research to document whether, and to what extent, the cost of postsecondary education in the state of Pennsylvania constitutes a significant barrier to college access,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Income, Educational Attainment, Debt (Financial)
Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2007
Cooperative education is a method of instruction that enables students to combine academic classroom instruction (school-based learning component) with occupational instruction through learning on the job (work-based learning component) in a career area of choice. Emphasis is placed on the students' education and employability skills. Co-op is a…
Descriptors: Laws, Guidelines, Cooperative Education, Experiential Learning
Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2007
These English as a Second Language (ESL) Content Standards were developed to accommodate the local conditions Pennsylvania's ESL students and teachers face across the state and to align state standards with the National Reporting System Educational Functioning Levels. The standards are designed as a teaching tool in the development of…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Literacy Education, Second Language Learning, State Standards
Harvey, James – Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2006
What should Pennsylvania's educational leaders do to help students meet high standards while keeping costs under control? However this question is asked, the answer is always the same. Investment in preschool programs produces kindergarten students able to cope with school demands and better equipped to meet the demands of "No Child Left…
Descriptors: Human Capital, Federal Legislation, Children, School Districts
Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2006
This paper presents Pennsylvania's Standards for Kindergarten. The goal of the Kindergarten Standards is to promote the development of a child who has the attributes of: inventiveness, curiosity, persistence, engagement, reasoning, problem solving, responsibility, imagination, and creativity. The Pennsylvania Kindergarten Standards are designed as…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Kindergarten, Grade 3, Child Development
Mangarella, Joseph – Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2006
In recent years those concerned with educational outcomes have begun to embrace a paradigm shift towards quantifiable rather than qualitative approaches as learning outcomes are continually measured for effectiveness. The cumulative results of this approach with regards to Pennsylvania's Migrant Education Program (MEP) laid the foundation for this…
Descriptors: Migrant Education, Graduation Rate, Migrant Programs, Outcomes of Education
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