New Pa. school grading system is coming

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pennsylvanians will begin speaking a new language on Sept. 30 when talking about school performance.

Acting Pennsylvania Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq announced that's when state test results will be released, barring any technical difficulties.

The results will be the first since the state won a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education so that Pennsylvania no longer is required to have all of its students proficient in reading and math under the federal No Child Left Behind Act by 2014.\

This means that schools will be judged on their new School Performance Profiles, not the old standard of adequate yearly progress, known as AYP. That term is gone, as are categories such as "warning" or "corrective action."

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