September 10, 2014 |
A year after Pennsylvania Core standards were approved by the state Board of Education, Gov. Corbett has called for "continued public review" of English- language arts and math standards in elementary and secondary schools. In a news release Monday, Corbett said he wanted statewide hearings to review what students should know at each grade level from kindergarten through 12th grade. Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq will preside at the hearings. The governor's seeming change of heart comes as many schools are scrambling to implement the controversial new standards, ordering textbooks and revising curriculums to comply with the requirements.
July 25, 2014 |
GERALD "JERRY" Hartman had a special way of relating to young people. He knew how to reach them on their own terms. "It was as if he was a kid himself," said his older brother, Raymond Hartman. "If you were a kid, he could identify on your level," said his nephew, Raymond Hartman III. "He never forgot what it was like to be a kid himself. " And Jerry had plenty of opportunity to relate to young people, as a Philadelphia police officer assigned to the Tacony Police Athletic League Center, and as a language-arts teacher at Wissahickon Middle School.
April 20, 2014 |
Two South Jersey charter schools are appealing state decisions that would force their closure by the end of this school year. The D.U.E. Season Charter School in Camden and the Renaissance Regional Leadership Charter School in Browns Mills both received notification last month that their charters would not be renewed because of academic deficiencies. In appeals being processed by the state's courts and being sent to state Education Commissioner David Hespe, the schools argue that they were judged unfairly and that their achievements were underrated.
March 9, 2014 |
Officials and parents at two charter schools that the state has ordered to close at the end of June said the action came before changes instituted this school year could be proven effective, and vowed a challenge. School community members of the Renaissance Regional Leadership Charter in Pemberton Township and the D.U.E. Season Charter in Camden said the action denied them an opportunity to show improvement that was afforded other schools. "Needless to say, we are devastated," said Lorna Hassel, Renaissance's head of school.
November 15, 2013 |
New Jersey asked tougher questions in annual tests for elementary and middle school students, but the results remained nearly the same as last year - something state officials consider a positive outcome. The results from spring's standardized exams, released Wednesday by the state, are the first since questions in the majority of the grades tested for the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) were aligned to the more rigorous Common Core Standard. Statewide, 66.7 percent of students in grades three through eight scored proficient in language arts, compared with 65.9 percent last year.
November 10, 2013 |
Fifty-five school superintendents and the heads of four intermediate units in the region are urging state officials not to adopt a plan requiring students to pass proficiency tests in order to graduate from high school. In a letter sent Tuesday to the state's Independent Regulatory Review Commission, the educators raised several issues with the proposed Keystone Exams, from higher dropout rates to added costs for districts. As there are 62 school chiefs in the Pennsylvania suburbs, the superintendents represent nearly all of the districts in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.
September 14, 2013 |
HARRISBURG The State Board of Education approved a controversial plan Thursday to require all Pennsylvania students to pass proficiency tests in science, math, and language arts before graduating. The 13-4 vote to approve the so-called Common Core standards came after state officials said they would limit the proficiency tests to public schools, and agreed not to impose a statewide curriculum or reading lists, or expand the collection of students' personal data. "Gov. Corbett believes that these new academic standards will ensure that our children are graduating high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to compete with their peers locally, nationally, and internationally," said acting Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq.
June 20, 2013 |
Two Camden charter schools and a third in Atlantic County have been added to the list of schools put on probation by the state Department of Education. The D.U.E. Season Charter School and Environment Community Opportunity (ECO) Charter School, both in Camden, and the Galloway Community Charter School have been put on probation after recent enhanced performance reviews found they were "not providing high-quality education" and warranted "immediate action," according to letters to the schools from Evo Popoff, the department's chief innovation officer.
May 31, 2012 |
Persistently low test scores placed one of Camden's six charter schools on the state's new "priority list" of the lowest-performing schools last month, and a recent review of Freedom Academy Charter School just landed it on probation status. The middle school, which opened in 2004, could have its charter revoked if it does not implement a remedial plan by mid-August and if its academic performance does not improve, according to a letter from the state sent to Freedom Academy officials last week.
May 1, 2012 |
Gov. Christie announced Monday that he wanted to do away with the state's current high school assessment exams and instead use end-of-course tests. Christie was endorsing recommendations of the College and Career Readiness Task Force, which found that the state assessments now in use — the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) and the Alternative High School Assessment (AHSA) — are not aligned with standards New Jersey and most other states have adopted and are not a good gauge of whether students are prepared for college.