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Leadership 2016 Resources

News and Updates

News from Secretary King

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. 

June 2015 update on certification.

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.

The Comprehensive Literacy Plan (pdf)

Useful Links

Links to other sites

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Secretary of Education: Pedro A.Rivera

Website: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Legislator Information

PA House Education Committee, Majority Chair

Republican: Rep. Stan Saylor, 94th Legislative District, York County.

Capitol Office

Hon. Stan Saylor
105 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202094
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2094
Phone: (717) 783-6426
Fax: (717) 783-7655
TTY: (855) 282-0614Email:

PA House Education Committee, Minority Chair

Democrat: Rep. James Roebuck, 188th Legislative District, Philadelphia County.

Capitol Office

Hon. James R. Roebuck Jr.
208 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202188
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2188
(717) 783-1000
Fax: (717) 783-1665

PA Senate Education Committee, Majority Chair

Hon. Lloyd Smucker (R)

351 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3013
Phone: 717-787-6535
Fax: 717-299-7798
TTY: 800-364-1581

PA Senate Education Committee, Minority Chair

Hon. Andrew E. Dinniman (D)
Senate Box 203019
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3019
ROOM: 183 Main Capitol

TELEPHONE: (717)787-5709

United States Legislators from Pennsylvania

U.S. Senate

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
(202) 224-4254

U.S. House of Representatives

Click here to locate your representative.