Why is this important?
- ESSA requires states to set long term goals for three specific indicators of school success:
- Academic Proficiency as measured by test scores
- Graduation Rate
- English Learners growth in achieving proficiency in English language.
- Setting ambitious yet attainable goals for schools, student subgroups and statewide providess a context for interpreting performance, provides information to school communities and can help inform delivery of technical assistance and other supports.
Pennsylvania’s Long-Term Goals:
- Academic proficiency goal: Cut in half the percentage of non-proficient students on PSSAs and Keystone Exams by 2030
- Applies to all students and each subgroup
- Graduation rate goal: Cut in half the percentage of students who fail to graduate
- Applies to all students and subgroups
- Seeks to use greater of four-year and five-year cohort rate
- English Learner proficiency goal: Growth in scale score toward attainment of English proficiency as measured by ACCESS for ELLs assessment
Revisions to the final proposed plan:
- Clarified explanation
of why Pennsylvania has chosen to set long-term goals that are different for
different subgroups for both Academic Achievement and Graduation Rate
- Added long-term
goals and measurements of interim progress for English Learners based on new
data for 2016-17