November 2018

Future Ready PA Index is launched!

by Randy Ziegenfuss on November 19, 2018

This week the PA Department of Education (PDE) launched the Future Ready PA Index, the new online measurement tool that replaces the School Performance Profile (SPP) and is intended to establish a more holistic measure of school success.

The index measures schools in three main categories: the academic performance of students; if student progress is on track; and whether students graduate ready for college or to start a career and succeed. It uses a dashboard approach to present school-level data. Users can search by district, school name, career and technical center and location. They can look at data for one school at a time or use the comparison feature, which allows them to view data side by side for up to eight schools.

The dashboard also illustrates progress in the three main categories by student group – including economically disadvantaged students, English Learners, students receiving special education services, and racial and ethnic groups. A color-coded system illustrates student and school progress in the three main measurement categories.

State assessment measurements demonstrate student performance on the PSSA and Keystone Exam standardized tests.This also includes data from the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS), which represents the academic growth of students.

On-track measurements show regular attendance and indicate progress in reading and math and in English Language proficiency. College and career-ready measurements illustrate how well students are being prepared for post-secondary success by showing access to rigorous courses, such as advanced placement, and by identifying industry-based credentials earned by students. It also includes, for the first time, data on college enrollment, military enlistment and workforce participation.

Visit the Future Ready PA Index and Review more detailed information about the index.

Would you be willing to host educators in your workplace?

by Lynn Fuini-Hetten on November 2, 2018

Would you business or workplace be willing to host educators so we can learn more about career opportunities for our learners?

Did you know that students in Lehigh and Carbon County school districts engage in career exploration activities beginning in the elementary grades? Teachers, counselors and school leaders are working to be better prepared to provide relevant career connected learning when they connect with business and community members. To do this, we need your help!! Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit is looking for businesses who would be interested in hekping educators better understand the career possibilites for our learners.

Educator in the Workplace events provide a mutually beneficial, low/no cost business-education collaboration that positively impacts students’ college and career readiness. Events range from only 90-minutes to a full day. Typically, about 15-25 educators attend. There is no cost to host an event (although many businesses offer light refreshments).

During an Educator in the Workplace event, you would be asked to…

  • Tell the group about your business/industry.
  • Give an informal tour to the group.
  • Answer some of the group’s questions.

Why should you consider hosting an Educator in the Workplace event? 

  • Boost employee morale through community give-back.
  • Contribute to the economic health/talent pipeline of our community.
  • Communicate workplace expectations and improve understanding of career paths and opportunities.
  • Have a positive impact on student success at little or no cost.

What do educators want to learn/observe at an Educator in the Workplace event? 

  • What careers are available?
  • What skills and attributes do you look for?
  • What education or training do these careers require?
  • What is the job forecast for this industry?
  • What is the culture of this workplace/industry?
  • What opportunities may be available for high school students (e.g., job shadowing, part-time employment)?
  • What do you want our students to know about your place of work or industry?

Salisbury Township School District is also seeking intern opportunities for our learners. If you are interested in hosting a high school intern, please reach out to us!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Fuini-Hetten, Associate Superintendent at lfuinihetten@salisburysd.org.

You may also contact CLIU directly by reaching out to: Kathy Schick, College & Career Specialist Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 schickk@cliu.org or 610-769-4111 ext. 1247.

Educators in the Workplace Flyer