Thursday, December 6, 2018

ESSA and Future Ready Index

In the latest collaborative elementary principal newsletter, the following was explained:

Moving from No Child Left Behind to the Every Student Succeeds Act; A Guide for Parents, Guardians and the Community

In 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. Developed and passed with strong, bipartisan agreement, ESSA replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as the nation’s main education law. ESSA presents an opportunity to impact the course of education in the state of Pennsylvania. The new federal law advances ESEA’s promise of ensuring that all students – from pre-kindergarten have access to a world-class education that prepares them for college, career, and life.

Future Ready PA Index

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has worked diligently to improve measures of school performance in preparing students for postsecondary success. The result is the Future Ready PA Index, a public school progress report that recognizes that students – and the schools that serve them – are more than just results on standardized tests.
The Future Ready Index will provide measures of school performance presented in a dashboard approach that:

  • Emphasizes student growth measures that are less sensitive to out of school factors
  • Measures English language acquisition among English Learners
  • Eliminates the unequal weighting of content areas from previous school report cards
  • Measures chronic absenteeism
  • Adds measures for student access to well-rounded and advanced course offerings, such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), dual and concurrent enrollment, and career and technical education (CTE) programs of study
  • Incentivizes schools to offer career pathways that culminate with high-value, industry recognized credentials
  • Recognizes schools for reducing the percent of students scoring at the Below Basic level.

Pennsylvania’s Approach to ESSA

  • Students are engaged, healthy, safe, and prepared to succeed in school, work, and life.
  • Every school should have diverse, well-supported, and effective educators.
  • Schools are an integral part of communities.

At Owen J. Roberts, our mission of inspiring each student for success today and greatness tomorrow aligns with the philosophy that all children should have access to a world class education. Each elementary school has many programs, supports, and processes in place to ensure student success. This first-rate education begins within our elementary buildings and is the foundation for our graduating seniors. We take pride in each of our schools and being part of this outstanding community.

The Future Ready Index data will be recalculated annually each fall. For access please click on https://futurereadypa.org.
The links below will direct you to Future Readiness Index informational videos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB7zzjBE0Gg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB7zzjBE0Gg

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