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2019-20 Evidence Collection and Reporting Requirements for Performance Indicators: Career Standards Benchmark, Industry-based Learning, and Rigorous Courses of Study


Should schools report data for the Career Standards Benchmark Indicator in Spring 2020?

Yes, schools should still report the 2019-2020 data for the Career Standards Benchmark, however this data will not be used for any federal accountability or state reporting. Collection standards and timelines remain unchanged. 

How will the 2020 Career Standards Benchmark Indicator data be displayed to the public?

Due to the disruption to the collection of data during statewide school closures, the Career Readiness Indicator will not be updated on the Future Ready PA Index for Fall 2020. Incomplete data sets could significantly skew state-established performance standards. Instead, 2018-19 data will remain and be labeled as such.

How will the Career Standards Benchmark Indicator be measured in 2021 and beyond?

Schools should continue to collect required grade-band evidence for the student's career portfolio. Reporting of this data at grades 5, 8, and 11 for state reporting purposes and eventual incorporation in Federal accountability determinations will resume in 2020-21. If students are unable to collect the required number of artifacts for the grade band during the COVID-19 closures, students can compensate with additional submissions during the 2020-21 school year.

The Career Standards Benchmarks for school year 2020-21 and beyond will remain:

  • By the end of grade 5, the student has produced six or more pieces of evidence accumulated within the K-5 grade span.
  • By the end of grade 8, the student has produced six additional pieces of evidence beyond the K-5 band. One piece of evidence for the 6-8 grade band must be the student's individualized career plan.
  • By the end of grade 11, the student has produced eight additional pieces of evidence beyond the K-5 and 6-8 grade bands. At least two of these pieces of evidence must demonstrate implementation of the student's individualized career plan.

Should schools report data for the Industry-Based Learning Indicator in Spring 2020?

Due to the disruption to the collection of data during statewide school closures, the Industry-Based Learning Indicator will not be updated on the Future Ready PA Index for Fall 2020. Incomplete data sets could significantly skew state established performance standards. Instead, 2018-19 data will remain and be labeled as such.

However, schools should still report work-based learning and industry-recognized credentials in this year's PIMS collections so that the cumulative collection of data from prior years enables grade 12 students to receive credit.

Should schools report data for the Rigorous Courses of Study Indicator in the Spring of 2020?

Due to the disruption to the collection of data during statewide school closures, the Rigorous Courses of Study Indicator will not be updated on the Future Ready PA Index for Fall 2020. Incomplete data sets could significantly skew state-established performance standards. Instead, the 2018-19 data will remain and be labeled as such.

However, schools should still report courses as offered in the 2019-20 school year. Rigorous Courses of Study calculations look at data from prior years to award credit to grade 12 students for rigorous courses of study taken from grades 7 through 12.

Please continue to monitor the Pennsylvania Department of Education's COVID-19 website for updates. Questions may be submitted to PDE by email via RA-EDEMERGENCYRESPONSE@pa.gov.