The ABC’s of PDE


WHETHER YOU’RE A STUDENT, TEACHER, ADMINISTRATOR, OR PARENT, YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD OF THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, BUT YOU MAY NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WE DO. PDE’S MISSION IS TO SUPPORT
SCHOOLS, STUDENTS, AND COMMUNITIES IN THEIR QUEST TO PROVIDE
ALL PENNSYLVANIANS A HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION. HERE’S A QUICK LOOK AT THE ABC’S OF PDE. THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION BELIEVES THAT
EVERY CHILD IN THE COMMONWEALTH DESERVES ACCESS TO A FAIR
AND EQUITABLE EDUCATION, NO MATTER WHICH CITY
OR TOWN THEY LIVE IN. THE RECENTLY-ENACTED BASIC
EDUCATION FUNDING FORMULA, A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT DEVELOPED BY THE BASIC EDUCATION
FUNDING COMMISSION, HELPS THE STATE CHANNEL
RESOURCES TO SCHOOLS BASED ON THEIR STUDENTS’ NEEDS. THE BASIC EDUCATION FUNDING
FORMULA AIMS TO ENSURE THAT STUDENTS AT ALL SCHOOLS HAVE ACCESS TO A HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION, BY ACCOUNTING FOR
THE COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL’S SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS AND NEEDS. TO GUAGE ACCOUNTABILITY
AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT, PDE USES MULTIPLE MEASURES
TO UNDERSTAND AND LEARN ABOUT SCHOOLS, LIKE THE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PROFILE,
OR S-P-P. EVEN THOUGH ACCOUNTABILITY
MEASURES ARE IMPORTANT THE DEPARTMENT KNOWS THAT HIGH-STAKES TESTING ALONE ISN’T THE ANSWER. THAT’S WHY THE DEPARTMENT IS ACTIVELY WORKING WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO USE MORE HOLISTIC MEASURES TO MAKE SURE STUDENTS ARE
ON THE RIGHT TRACK. PDE KNOWS THAT JUST AS STUDENTS NEED TO
KEEP LEARNING TO STAY SHARP, SO DO EDUCATORS. DEPARTMENT STAFF WORKS
CLOSELY WITH TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS TO PREPARE FUTURE EDUCATORS, AND TO PROVIDE CURRENT EDUCATORS WITH CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ACCESS TO BEST PRACTICES. THROUGH CERTIFICATION PREPARATION PROGRAMS,
SUPERINTENDENT’S ACADEMY, UPDATES TO THE SUPERINTENDENT’S ACADEMY, UPDATES TO THE STANDARDS ALIGNED SYSTEM, POLICY CHANGES UNDER
THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT, AND OTHER IMPORTANT INITIATIVES, PDE KEEPS EDUCATORS UP-TO-DATE ON PROFESSIONAL ON AN ON-GOING BASIS. IT’S TRUE THAT EACH STUDENT HAS
THEIR OWN STRENGTHS AND INTERESTS, AND THE DEPARTMENT AIMS TO HELP PREPARE ALL
STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL, NO MATTER WHICH PATH THEY CHOOSE. DUAL ENROLLMENT PROGRAMS, K-THROUGH-12 COMMUNITY
LEARNING CENTERS, AND OTHER INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS, HELP STUDENTS PREPARE FOR THEIR FUTURES. CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
PROVIDES A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR STUDENTS WHO WANT TO
JUMPSTART THEIR ENTRY INTO THE WORKFORCE. NO MATTER WHICH PATH
A STUDENT MAY CHOOSE- ATTENDING A TWO-YEAR OR FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE, EARNING AN ADVANCED DEGREE OR ENTERING THE WORKFORCE – PDE WANTS TO HELP WITH A SMOOTH
AND SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION. LET’S WORK TOGETHER TO PROVIDE
A WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION TO ALL OF PENNSYLVANIA’S STUDENTS, NO MATTER THEIR AGE, BACKGROUND, OR ZIP CODE.

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