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New Future Ready PA Index Shows Student Growth Across District Schools

FRI2 The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has launched the new Future Ready PA Index – a new, public-facing, one-stop location for comprehensive information and data on student and school success.  Pennsylvanians wanted a more holistic tool for evaluating schools. In 2015, Governor Wolf charged the Department of Education with developing a new school measurement tool that would include a broader set of meaningful indicators. Over three years, leaders from the Department of Education met with thousands of educators, parents, advocates, policymakers, and business leaders from across Pennsylvania to determine what that new tool should look like.

 

The Future Ready PA Index recognizes that students – and the schools that serve them – are more than just standardized test scores. It features a collection of indicators that illustrate academic proficiency, on-track progress, and college and career readiness – helping to demonstrate how schools are doing in preparing students for postsecondary success.

The Future Ready PA Index’s dashboard allows for a more comprehensive look at how Pennsylvania schools are educating ALL students. In addition to proficiency, the dashboard illustrates growth, achievement, and other data by student group - including economically disadvantaged students, English Learners, students receiving special education services, and racial and ethnic groups - improving transparency around student performance.

The Future Ready dashboard is easy to navigate - searchable by district, school, career and technical center, or location; and it includes basic information and demographic data for each school. The Future Ready PA Index also features helpful filters and options to compare multiple schools.

The launch of the Future Ready PA Index complements the District's efforts to increase transparency through the launch of the Pittsburgh Public Schools Data Dashboards, which include data related to Key Performance Indicators within the District such as Algebra 1 9th Grade Pass Rates, Graduation Rates, performance on State Accountability Exams. 

To learn more about the Future Ready PA Index and to view individuals schools' indicator dashboards, visit www.futurereadypa.org.

 

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