PenSPRA News
Budget broken record
Our newsletter is beginning to appear to be a bit of a broken record, with repeated stories about the budget that all say the same thing: Pennsylvania is still without a budget. Of course, it remains a very important and real story to school districts and social service organizations in particular. 
Changes in store for the SPP score
Education Secretary Pedro Rivera commented last week that he is working towards a “more holistic SPP score.” 
Twitter tips
Technology is changing so quickly it is really difficult to keep up. Twitter has been around for a few years now, but if you aren’t a regular Twitter user, maybe you have missed out on some Twitter tactics. One way to increase your use of twitter is to get involved in a Twitter chat. 
News from around the state and nation Sept. 24, 2015
Here is a roundup of some of the educational stories making news around the state and nation, from outsourcing subs to implementing the common core to Keystone exam remediation. 
PSSA scores out of SPP rankings for this year
Pennsylvania requested a waiver from the US Department of Education for the 2014-2015 PSSA scores, due to the increased difficulty of the tests. The waiver was granted, and as a result, elementary and middle schools will not receive an SPP score for this year. 
Survey on social media and electronic communication use in schools
NSPRA performed a survey on electronic communication and social media use in schools. Read on for the top ten takeaways from the survey: 
News from around the state and nation Sept. 10, 2015
Here is a roundup of educational stories making news around the state and nation. 
Back-to-School Standouts
Students are headed back to class across the state and we are all excited to welcome them back. We wish you a smooth start to your school year. To help share the spirit, here are two fantastic back-to-school videos done by a couple of districts around the country. 
PDK/Gallup public opinion poll on public schools
For over 40 years, Phi Delta Kappa and the Gallup organization have coordinated on an annual poll on the American public’s views on education. This year’s results are out and as always provide us with some interesting feedback to use in our work. Once again local schools receive higher marks than the nation’s schools overall, and new this year we discover that 64% of Americans believe there is too much standardized testing in our schools. 
News from around the state and nation Aug 26, 2015
Here are some additional education new stories; a new app for school buses, the proposed stacked hybrid pension plan and PA’s tripled opt out rate are just a few of the education stories making headlines this week. 
ESEA moving forward; opt out provision included
The re-authorization of ESEA, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, is finally moving forward. Both the Senate and the House have now passed a version of the bill, and the bills are moving forward to the conference process.  
PSSA results may require careful reporting
The PSSA’s were revised last year and the difficulty level was noticeably increased. Many educators and commentators predicted a drop in scores due to the changes in the tests and early reports of the soon-to-be-released scores indicate a significant drop. 
No progress on state budget
Here is the latest on the situation with the state budget.  
Member request/Member mentions
Questions and kudos from and about PenSPRA members 
NAEP Scores Released
Is it 36% or 78%... or both? 
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