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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 and advancement.
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 plan: 
  • 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
Read more about Supporting Excellent Educators in Section 5 of the Pennsylvania ESSA Consolidated State Plan.

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 Plan 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.

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