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Public Education in PA

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League Education Positions- High Stakes Testing Consensus

League Principles guide us in all we do. The League views "Issues" as a five step process:
1. Observe a problem;
2. Study a problem and discuss all sides of an issue;
3. Reach member consensus on what needs to be done followed by the board officially adopting a position;
4. Action which can include public information meetings, letters, phone calls and meeting with those making decisions about an issue;
5. Litigate if all else fails and citizens' rights have been severely harmed.

After study, discussion and consensus, the League has adopted the following positions related to Education:

We are in the process of learning more about the issue of assessment in Pennsylvania schools. Some of the standardized testing is mandated by federal regulations and some is required by the PA Department of Education. We need to understand
  • how much testing is required to know whether students are progressing?
  • how much assessment is needed to hold schools accountable for adequate instruction?
  • at once point does preparing and passing tests become the purpose of education
  • how important should tests be in decisions that affect students' and teachers' futures?

Join the discussion on January 22nd, Media Borough Hall, Parlor from 11:45-2pm.

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