looking at ways to create a more useful
and holistic School Performance Profile (SPP), the Pennsylvania Department
of Education conducted more than 30 feedback sessions to solicit
recommendations from more than 1,000 stakeholders around a revised SPP.
retaining several of the indicators from the current SPP, the proposed Future Ready PA Index provides a more
holistic view of school performance by:
Emphasizing the weighting of value-added measures, which incentivizes a focus on all learners and is less sensitive to demographic variables.
Measuring English language acquisition among ESL students, not simply performance on a test of grade level ELA standards.
Incentivizing career awareness instruction beginning at the elementary level.
Addressing the issue of unequal weighting of content areas in the current SPP.
Increasing the weighting of rigorous course offerings such as AP, IB, and dual enrollment.
Allowing LEAs to include locally-selected reading assessments (grade 3) and math assessments (grade 7) as additional snapshots of student progress.
Awarding extra credit to schools graduating students with at least one high-value, industry- recognized credential.