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What are the reporting requirements for the CAREER READINESS INDICATOR FOR FUTURE READY PA INDEX, effective for 2017-18?
Two pieces of
evidence were required for each benchmark at grades 5, 8, and 11. There were no
career plan and portfolio requirements.
What are the reporting requirements effective for 2018-19 and beyond?
Effective 2018-19 and beyond, there are career plan and portfolio requirements.
- Grade 5 Benchmark — 6 pieces of evidence between grades K-5
- Grade 8 Benchmark — 6 pieces of evidence between grades 6-8, including individualized career plan
- Grade 11 Benchmark — 8 pieces of evidence between grades 9-11, including 2 pieces of evidence that demonstrate career plan implementation
How many of the Career
Education and Work (CEW) standards must be addressed at each benchmark?
The four Career Education and Work standards (strands) must be addressed at least once in the benchmark pieces of evidence:
- Career Awareness and Preparation
- Career Acquisition
- Career Retention and Advancement
Who reports for
students in alternative settings, such as an intermediate unit or outside
agency? Who collects the evidence?
The LEA to whom
accountability is attributed is responsible for the PIMS reporting. The LEA delivering the direct instruction is
responsible to collect and record the evidence.
What is the
difference between collecting evidence for a portfolio and reporting evidence
The benchmarks are established to
meet federal accountability. LEAs
report only the students who meet the benchmark at each grade band. Meeting the
benchmark is measured by accumulating six artifacts at the completion of grade
5; six at the completion of grade 8; and eight at the completion of grade 11.
requirement to meet the benchmark is not cumulative; however, the evidence
portfolio collection is cumulative.
Evidence portfolio collection begins with the 2017-18 grade band; the
total pieces of evidence can vary depending upon the student’s grade at the
start of collection. Students can meet
the grade band benchmark even if the portfolio is not complete for each grade
band. A student who begins the portfolio
collection in 2017-18 in the K-3 grade band should have 20 pieces of evidence
What are the requirements for evidence collection and reporting when a student enrolls or transfers from another school entity?
The "minimum two per year" language is included as a guideline for districts to make decisions in the cases of extended absenteeism, transfer, external placement, home or online education, or other enrollment issues. An LEA providing instruction to a student is responsible for collecting two pieces of evidence for each full or mostly full year the student receives instruction, and one piece of evidence for any partial year of instruction.
Enrollment prior to January 1st constitutes full year enrollment; enrollment after January 1st constitutes partial year enrollment. If artifacts follow a transfer student to a receiving district, they should be included in the student's portfolio, but students should not complete assignments from earlier grade bands.
Does the phrase
“piece of evidence” differ from “artifact”?
The terms “piece of
evidence” and “artifact” are interchangeable.
Should a student
create evidence from a previous grade level to complete missed pieces of
evidence for that grade or benchmark?
No, the evidence should be collected only at
the current grade band. No student should retroactively complete assignments
from an earlier grade band or discontinuous enrollment; however, an
individualized career plan is a requirement and should be completed and counted
as a grade 9-11 artifact if it was not done in grades 6-8.
A student may meet or fail to meet
the benchmark at the end of any grade span independent of his/her performance
in previous grade spans.
Is it mandatory for students to collect two portfolio artifacts per year?
Two pieces of evidence per year are required at each level: K-3, grade 4, and grade 5.
Two pieces of evidence per year are recommended at the 6-11 grade level.
Students may exceed the minimum and apply that to the benchmark requirement for the grade band.
What is "acceptable evidence"?
evidence must demonstrate student engagement. Lesson plans or curriculum maps
would not be sufficient evidence, nor would simply recording a score or student
attendance. An artifact, demonstrating
successful completion of a standards-based curricular activity, must be
produced. The original work is not the only acceptable artifact. Digital
pictures, video recordings, or scoring rubrics are examples of acceptable
artifacts that may be used in the portfolio as evidence rather than a
performance-based task itself.
What is "successful completion"?
standard by which the school entity evaluates evidence should parallel best
practices used to determine mastery on a locally-graded assignment.
Participation alone does not demonstrate sufficient evidence of successful
Do state assessments,
grades, or report cards qualify as evidence?
State assessments and
grades are not evidence of meaningful student engagement in learning.
Do rubrics or certificates qualify as acceptable evidence?
certificates may be used, but they must detail learning criteria aligned to the
Career Education and Work standards, as evidence of the student’s engagement in
the learning project or assignment.
What is the
disposition of the portfolio upon a student’s graduation? Does the LEA have an obligation to keep
portfolio belongs to the student upon graduation.
The LEA does not have an obligation to keep the
student portfolio beyond graduation.
Do special education
and special population students (e.g., English Learners, alternative education)
have the same expectations as other general education students regarding
evidence collection and reporting?
Evidence should be
individualized to meet student needs and learning styles and can be adapted for
specific student populations. Special
education students can include meeting transition or life-skills acquisition
goals as evidence. The IEP or transition
plan itself is not acceptable evidence, but progress monitoring data and any
artifacts generated in student work toward the completion of the goals are