Supporting Excellent Educators
Why is this important?
PDE is committed to providing all
students in the commonwealth with access to effective educators who
continuously grow and improve their professional competency and practice. To
this end, it is important to pay attention to educator development, retention
Pennsylvania currently has several
robust initiatives designed to support effective school and district leaders,
and has proposed new initiatives under ESSA as well.
Revisions to the final proposed
Added language clarifying that ESSA provides
increased flexibility for states and LEAs to leverage available Title II, Part
A funding to support the recruitment, preparation, induction, and ongoing
development of teachers, principals, and other education leaders, with a
particular focus on meeting the needs of vulnerable students
Added description of PDE initiatives to
improve preparation of educators to teach in high need schools and communities
Added a description of the materials, supports
and resources available to Pennsylvania educators through the online Standards
Aligned System (SAS) Portal
Stakeholder Feedback on Definition of “Ineffective” Teacher for Purposes of Equity Reporting
On January 16, 2018, the United States Department of Education (USDE) approved Pennsylvania's ESSA Consolidated State
under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Within that plan, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) committed to engaging stakeholders to develop a definition for monitoring and reporting on equitable access to “effective educators” to fulfill requirements under the federal education law.
As the first step in this process, PDE partnered with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) at the American Institutes for Research to hold three stakeholder engagement sessions. Participants in these stakeholder sessions learned about the educator effectiveness requirement in ESSA, reviewed measurement approaches of other states, and discussed national trends related to access to effective teaching. GTL Summary of Measures Report
provides a summary of the measures from the stakeholder engagement sessions.
If you would like to comment on the Summary please email us at RA-edESSA@pa.gov