The morning started out with a Vocational-Technical Education Committee meeting. The Final report on accreditation of Lebanon County Career and Technology Center was given, the board amended the standing motion to include monthly monitoring and a report at 6 months to ensure success. Lebanon Vo-tech was granted a year long probationary accreditation, before it will come again before the board for a full term 4 year accreditation. The committee also approved a recommendation that moved to the full board to approve a petition to amend the AVTS attendance area of the Harrisburg School District and the Dauphin County Technical School.
During the committee of the whole and the council of basic education, the board listened to two presentations, one on PASA (Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment). Approximately 1% of students in PA take the PASA, which is a test developed for students with severe cognitive disabilities. The board then approved the updated cut scores and standard setting process. The other presentation was on the Updated English Language Development Standard, which were also approved. During the council of Higher Ed the main discussion item was the proposal of a new community college in Erie County. The Erie County Council subbed a plan to the board that will be reviewed by a special committee who will then issue a report of findings. In the committee meeting that followed the two student reps stayed to listen to an update on the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). The finalized plan will be accessible for public comment in September. As always check out www.education.pa.gov for more information, or feel free to contact Shirlann or Alex with any questions or for a more in depth look at State Education happenings in Harrisburg!