The accountability system for Pennsylvania public schools looks a little different this year. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), public schools are required to measure school performance in four categories:
- academic proficiency
- academic progress (growth)
- graduation rate
- English Language Learner proficiency
This data has been typically reported online by the state with the release of School Performance Profiles (SPP) for each school. Schools would receive a number on a scale of 0 to 100, and the number was calculated based on a variety of factors such as the ones listed above.
This year, Pennsylvania has moved to the Future Ready PA Index, which is meant to be a more holistic approach to measuring school performance. The Future Ready PA Index includes the measures of academic proficiency and growth, along with some new measures such as career readiness and chronic absenteeism.
For additional information, please take a few moments to watch the informational video and review the PDF files posted below from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) .