PDE Announces 2019-20 Compliance Monitoring Schedule, Trainings (June 7, 2019)

On June 4, 2019, Patricia Hozella, Interim Director of the PA Bureau of Special Education released a memo titled 2019-2020 Special Education Compliance Monitoring Training and Schedule. Local educational agencies (LEAs) appearing on this year’s schedule for compliance monitoring for the 2019-20 school year are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the monitoring trainings held at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) offices listed below: PaTTAN Pittsburgh:  Monday, July 29, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; PaTTAN Harrisburg:  Thursday, August 1, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; PaTTAN East:  Friday, August 2, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. LEAs should review the 2019-20 monitoring schedule below before registering for the trainings. School Districts and Charter Schools to be monitored in 2019-20 are: Bethlehem-Center SD, Haglund, Propel CS-East, Erie Rise Leadership Academy CS, HOPE for Hyndman CS, Stone Valley Community CS, Warwick SD, Shikellamy SD, Delaware Valley SD,  Collegium CS, Lindley Academy CS at Birney, Mastery CS-Clymer Elementary,  Western Beaver County SD, Apollo-Ridge SD, Williams Valley SD, Pine-Richland SD, Conemaugh Township Area SD, Curwensville Area SD, Crispus Attucks CS, Southern Tioga SD, Riverside SD, Aliquippa SD, United SD, The New Academy CS, Penn Hills CS of Entrepreneurship, Greenville Area SD, Milton Area SD, East Stroudsburg Area SD, Mastery CS-Gratz Campus Gillingham CS, Forest Area SD, Shade-Central City SD, Red Lion Area SD, Donegal SD, Easton Arts Academy Elementary CS, Inquiry CS, Purchase Line SD, Chartiers Valley SD, Young Scholars of Western Pennsylvania CS, Burrell SD, Northampton Area SD, Arts Academy CS, Pottsville Area SD, Avella Area SD, Farrell Area SD, Penn Hills SD,  Keystone SD, Monessen City SD , Glendale SD, York Suburban SD, Manheim Township SD, Bristol Borough SD, Coatesville Area SD, Philadelphia Learning Network 13, Preparatory CS of Mathematics Science Tech and Careers, Penn-Trafford SD, Urban Academy of Greater, Pittsburgh CS, McKeesport Area SD, Westinghouse Arts Academy CS, Hempfield SD ,Harrisburg City SD, Centennial SD, Upper Adams SD, Jersey Shore Area SD, Northwestern Lehigh SD, Mastery Prep Elementary CS, Philadelphia Learning Network 11, Deer Lakes SD, Hamburg Area SD, unkhannock Area SD, Alliance for Progress CS, Saint Clair Area SD, Yough SD, Greencastle-Antrim SD, Annville-Cleona SD, Great Valley SD, Young Scholars CS, Allegheny Valley SD, Halifax Area SD, Susq-Cyber CS, Central Bucks SD, Philadelphia Learning Network 12, Urban Pathways K-5 College CS, West Mifflin Area SD, Universal Institute CS, Propel CS-Northside, Tussey Mountain SD, Middletown Area SD, Lake-Lehman SD, Oxford Area SD, West Allegheny SD, Greensburg Salem SD, Waynesboro Area SD, Oley Valley SD, Springfield Township SD, Universal Audenried CS, Council Rock SD, Manchester Academic CS, Clarion-Limestone Area SD, Blacklick Valley SD, Elizabethtown Area SD, Governor Mifflin SD, Lower Dauphin SD, Wellsboro Area SD, Springfield SD, Eugenio Maria De Hostos CS, Grove City Area SD, Fairview SD, Southern Fulton SD, Chambersburg Area SD, Allentown City SD, Palisades SD, MAST Community CS, Philadelphia Learning Network Acceleration, California Area SD,  Mt Lebanon SD, Union SD, Penn Cambria SD, Danville Area SD, Wayne Highlands SD, Ridley SD, Freire CS , Olney CHS, Riverside Beaver County SD, Blue Mountain SD, Urban Pathways 6-12 CS, Wilmington Area SD, Penncrest SD, Windber Area SD, Southern Huntingdon County SD, York Academy Regional CS , La Academia Partnership CS, Pennsbury SD, Oswayo Valley SD, Penn-Delco SD, Philadelphia Learning Network 10, Universal Vare CS, I-LEAD CS, Brentwood Borough SD, Young Scholars of Central PA CS, Dover Area SD, Math Civics & Sciences CS, Beaver Area SD, Propel CS-McKeesport. LEAs listed should register online at http://www.pattan.net and are encouraged to email Sharon Kennedy at skennedy@pattan.net with any questions.

PDE Reminds Identified LEAs to Submit Special Education Table 8A Data (June 7, 2019)

On June 5, 2019, Patricia Hozella, Interim Director of the PA Bureau of Special Education released a memo titled July 2019 Special Education Table 8A Submission. In July 2019, local educational agencies (LEAs) assigned to this year’s reporting cohort will submit their data for Special Education Table 8A, Report of Children with Disabilities Evaluated July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. For a list of all LEAs that are required to submit Table 8A this July. If an LEA does not appear on the list, the LEA is not required to submit Table 8A data in July 2019. The Table 8A Template for the July 2019 submission is available on the Special Education Data Reporting website at http://penndata.hbg.psu.edu under the Data Management tab in the 2018-2019 section, scroll down to Table 8A Template. Questions regarding completion and submission of Table 8A should be referred to the Intermediate Unit Data Manager. Other questions may be referred to Jodi Rissinger in BSE at jrissinger@pa.gov or 717.783.6911. LEAs assigned to this year’s reporting cohort are: Avella Area SD.  Bethlehem-Center SD, California Area SD, Manchester Academic CS, The New Academy CS, Propel CS-Northside, Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh CS, Urban Pathways 6-12 CS, Urban Pathways K-5 College CS, Allegheny Valley SD, Brentwood Borough SD, Chartiers Valley SD, Deer Lakes SD, McKeesport Area SD, Mt. Lebanon SD, Penn Hills SD, Penn Hills CS of Entrepreneurship, Pine-Richland SD, Propel CS-East, Propel CS-McKeesport, West Allegheny, West Mifflin Area SD, Westinghouse Arts Academy CS, Young Scholars of Western Pennsylvania CS, Farrell Area SD, Greenville Area SD, Grove City Area SD, Wilmington Area SD, Erie Rise Leadership Academy CS, Fairview SD, Penncrest SD, Clarion-Limestone Area SD, Forest Area SD, Keystone SD, Union SD, Burrell SD, Greensburg Salem SD, Monessen City SD, Penn-Trafford SD, Yough SD, Blacklick Valley SD, Conemaugh Township Area SD, HOPE for Hyndman CS, Penn Cambria SD, Shade-Central City SD, Tussey Mountain SD, Windber Area SD, Oswayo Valley SD, Curwensville Area SD, Glendale SD, Young Scholars of Central PA CS, Southern Fulton SD, Southern Huntingdon County SD, Stone Valley Community CS, Chambersburg Area SD, Crispus Attucks CS, Dover Area SD, Greencastle-Antrim SD, Red Lion Area SD, Upper Adams SD, Waynesboro Area SD, York Academy Regional CS, York Suburban SD, Annville-Cleona SD, Donegal SD, Elizabethtown Area SD, Hempfield SD, La Academia Partnership CS, Manheim Township SD, Warwick SD, Governor Mifflin SD, Hamburg Area SD, I-LEAD CS, Oley Valley SD, Halifax Area SD, Harrisburg City SD, Lower Dauphin SD, Middletown Area SD, Danville Area SD, Milton Area SD, Shikellamy SD, Susq-Cyber CS, Jersey Shore Area SD, Southern Tioga SD, Wellsboro Area SD, Lake-Lehman SD, Tunkhannock Area SD, Riverside SD, Wayne Highlands SD, Delaware Valley SD, East Stroudsburg Area SD, Easton Arts Academy Elementary CS, Northampton Area SD, Allentown City SD, Arts Academy CS, Northwestern Lehigh SD, Bristol Borough SD, Centennial SD, Central Bucks SD, Council Rock SD, Palisades SD, Pennsbury SD, Springfield Township SD, Coatesville Area SD, Collegium CS, Great Valley SD, Oxford Area SD, Penn-Delco SD, Ridley SD, Springfield SD, Alliance for Progress CS, Eugenio Maria De Hostos CS,Freire CS, Inquiry CS, Lindley Academy CS at Birney, MAST Community CS, Mastery CS-Clymer Elementary, Mastery CS-Gratz Campus, Mastery Prep Elementary CS, Math, Civics and Sciences CS, Olney CHS, Philadelphia Learning Network 10, Philadelphia Learning Network 11, Philadelphia Learning Network 12, Philadelphia Learning Network 13, Philadelphia Learning Network Acceleration, Preparatory CS of Mathematics, Science, Tech and Careers, Universal Audenried CS, Universal Institute CS, Universal Vare CS, Young Scholars CS, Aliquippa SD, Beaver Area SD, Riverside Beaver County SD, Western Beaver County SD, Apollo-Ridge SD, Purchase Line SD, United SD, Blue Mountain SD, Gillingham CS, Pottsville Area SD, Saint Clair Area SD, and Williams Valley SD.

Gov. Wolf Announces Task Force to Develop Statewide Suicide Prevention Plan (June 1, 2019)

Suicide rates in Pennsylvania have increased by 34 percent since 1999 and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50 percent of people who die by suicide do not have a known mental health condition. Thus, on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, Governor Tom Wolf announced that a Suicide Prevention Task Force will be created in order to develop PA’s suicide prevention plan.

The task force will produce a single statewide suicide prevention plan that takes into account the perspectives and experiences of state agencies, including the Departments of Aging, Corrections, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Education, Health, Human Services, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Transportation. It will also include the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency as well as the Pennsylvania State Police. Members will be appointed by agency cabinet secretaries.

The task force will hold its first monthly meeting in the next month or so and will work with the General Assembly, partners in suicide prevention, and other stakeholders to develop a new plan that will take into consideration recent data from the CDC, recommendations related to mental health made by the PA School Safety Task Force, and other pertinent current information.

Free help is always available 24/7 through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 for those in crisis and/or are considering harming themselves.

RAND Corp. Study Shows Need to Develop Social and Emotional Skills; US House Proposes Supportive Funding as FY 2020 Budget Showdown Looms (June 1, 2019)

According to new results from a RAND Corporation study, nearly 75% of school principals feel that developing students’ social and emotional skills is a top priority for their schools, with even more teachers supporting the development of specific student skills in those areas. In fact, information gleaned from RAND’s American Educator Panels shows a need to develop such social-emotional learning (SEL) skills as empathy, understanding and managing emotions, and setting and achieving related goals; with the development of these skills resulting in improvements in student achievement, an improved school environment, and improved student behavior.

In support of these findings, the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has appropriated $260 million for SEL and “whole-child” approaches as part of its proposed FY 2020 budget. Those funds would provide $170 million for Education Innovation and Research grants, $40 million for full-service community schools to help address students’ non-academic needs, $25 million for mental health professionals and child development experts in schools, and $25 million for SEL-related professional development.

However, President Trump’s proposed budget aims to cut funding for SEL-related professional development funding and to also eliminate the whole-child centered Full-Service Community Schools and Promise Neighborhoods programs.

It appears that a budget fight is looming on this front.

For more information, please go to: https://www.educationdive.com/news/principals-teachers-prioritize-social-emotional-skills-for-students/555744/:


College Board to Expand “Adversity Index” (May 29, 2019)

On May 16th, the College Board reported that its “adversity index” will be expanded to about 150 colleges later this year and will be made available to all colleges in 2020. For the past few years, the College Board has been testing the index, which is intended to show students’ SAT scores within the context of their socioeconomic advantages or disadvantages. Thus far, the index has been used by approximately 50 colleges and universities.

The Environmental Context Dashboard provides information regarding the student’s environment, showing a student’s SAT score and other academic accomplishments included in their college application in the context of where they live and learn.