KSRA Advocacy Overview/Information
- What is the KSRA Advocacy Committee?
- Overview of KSRA Advocacy Committee (pdf)
- Advocacy Manual – KSRA
- IRA Advocacy Award
Leadership 2016 Resources
- Literacy Advocacy PowerPoint Overview
- Literacy Advocacy Committee
- Pennsylvania Literacy Update
- Social Media for Literacy Advocacy
News and Updates
- ESSA-Listening Tour (posted 1/4/2017)
- Inside the Every Student Succeeds Act (posted 2/6/2016)
- Keystone Exam Requirements Delayed 2 Years (posted 2/6/2016)
- Literacy Coaching Position Statement – April 2009
- Response to Instruction and Intervention Position Statement – March 2011
- Reconfiguring to Meet the Literacy Needs of Today’s Adolescents – September 2011 You will need Adobe Reader to download position statements above.
Today, the U.S. Department of Education shared additional resources to further support States in transitioning to the ESSA, including frequently asked questions on accountability under Title I, Part A and guidance on including English learners in statewide accountability systems.
Accountability under Title I, Part A of the ESEA
The Frequently Asked Questions on Accountability under Title I, Part A of the ESEA provides an overview of many of the key provisions for accountability and school improvement and is intended to help States, Local Education Agencies (LEAs), and other stakeholders understand the statutory and regulatory requirements, particularly in areas where States and LEAs have raised questions or asked for further explanation or suggestions. The FAQs include descriptions of how States and LEAs may meet these requirements, provides examples, and links to other related non-regulatory guidance under the ESSA, such as the State Plan Peer Review Guidance.
Accountability for English Learners under the ESEA
The resource guide on accountability for English learners under the ESEA describes the ESSA accountability provisions for English learners (ELs) in greater detail, including how they compare to those previously required by the ESEA, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act. Based in part on many of the questions the Department has received from States and LEAs on these issues in particular, the resource guide supports States in setting long-term goals and measurements of interim progress for students’ English language proficiency (ELP), developing a Progress in Achieving English Language Proficiency indicator, and including all ELs in their updated accountability systems, particularly ELs with disabilities, former ELs, and recently arrived ELs.
KSRA Meeting With Deputy Secretary of Education
At the KSRA 48th Annual Conference and Annual Meeting Luncheon on Friday, October 23, 2015 we had as our speaker PDE Deputy Secretary of Education Matt Stem with remarks regarding current issues of interest to Reading Specialists and all literacy educators and supporters. Attendees had the opportunity to put forward questions and topics for his insights and comments. Click here for a summary of the Q and A session. (Thanks to Julie Baumbach, Literacy Advocacy Committee for Lancaster Lebanon Reading Council for taking these notes at the meeting.)
Pennsylvania’s Reading Specialist Certification:
Click on Overview of Pa Reading Specialist Certification that will give you the KSRA mission and purpose, the timeline of events over the past year, and the KSRA goals for the certification issue.
The PA Comprehensive Literacy Plan
Pennsylvania has a history of commitment to quality literacy instruction. The Pennsylvania Literacy Framework (Pennsylvania Department of Education [PDE], 2000) was the third in a series of documents that has guided literacy instruction since 1979. These initial documents describe a model of literacy that indicates its multi-faceted nature as meaning-making, social, language-based, and human or personal. The PaCLP provides an update to those previous documents, building on the research evidence in the field.
Links to other sites
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Secretary of Education: Pedro A.Rivera
Website: Pennsylvania Department of Education
PA House Education Committee, Majority Chair
Republican: Rep. Stan Saylor, 94th Legislative District, York County.
105 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202094
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2094
Phone: (717) 783-6426
Fax: (717) 783-7655
TTY: (855) 282-0614Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PA House Education Committee, Minority Chair
Democrat: Rep. James Roebuck, 188th Legislative District, Philadelphia County.
Hon. James R. Roebuck Jr.
208 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202188
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2188
Fax: (717) 783-1665
PA Senate Education Committee, Majority Chair
Hon. Lloyd Smucker (R)
351 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3013
PA Senate Education Committee, Minority Chair
Hon. Andrew E. Dinniman (D)
Senate Box 203019
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3019
ROOM: 183 Main Capitol
United States Legislators from Pennsylvania
Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-P)
393 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Pat Toomey (R-P)
502 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
U.S. House of Representatives
Click here to locate your representative.