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Announcements
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SAT
The New SAT

The SAT is changing! The first administration of the new SAT is set for March 5, 2016. Eight key changes to the assessment are the following:
1.) Words in Context
2.) Command of Evidence
3.) Essay Analyzing a Source
4.) Math that Matters Most
5.) Problems Grounded in Real-World Contexts
6.) Analysis in Science and in History/Social Studies
7.) Us Founding Documents and the Great Global Conversation
8.) No Penalty for Guessing

For more information on these changes click on this link: New SAT - March 2016

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Every Student Succeeds Act
EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT of 2015

On December 10, 2015, in a South Court ceremony, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The signing capped a remarkable week of Congressional activity, with the House (359-64) and Senate (85-12) overwhelmingly approving the bipartisan legislation to replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the previous version of the ESEA that has been up for reauthorization since 2007.

The ESSA includes many of the key reforms the Administration has called on Congress to enact and encouraged states and school districts to adopt in exchange for waivers offering relief from more onerous provisions of NCLB. It helps ensure educational opportunity for all students by:
* holding all students to high academic standards that prepare them for success in college and careers;
* ensuring accountability by stipulating that when students fall behind, states redirect resources into what works to help them and their schools improve, with a particular focus on the very lowest-performing schools, high schools with high dropout rates, and schools with achievement gaps;
* empowering state and local decision-makers to develop their own strong systems for school improvement based upon evidence;
* reducing the burden of testing on students and teachers, making sure that tests do not crowd out teaching and learning, without sacrificing clear, annual information parents and educators need to know their children are learning;
* providing more children access to high-quality preschool; and
* establishing new resources for proven strategies that will spur reform and drive opportunity and better outcomes for American’s students.

In further recognition of the ESEA’s legacy as a civil rights law -- upholding critical protections for disadvantaged students -- the ESSA holds schools to account for the progress of all students, prescribing meaningful reforms to remedy under-performance in those schools failing to serve all students; maintains dedicated resources and supports for students with disabilities, English Learners, Native American students, homeless children, neglected and delinquent children, and migrant and seasonal farmworker children; and keeps states and districts on task with the work they began this year to ensure all students have equitable access to excellent educators.

There is much to be figured out as the nation moves to implement the new law, but the White House and the Department have released a number of materials to help educate the public about the ESSA, including:
* a White House fact sheet on ESSA;
* a White House report on progress made in elementary and secondary education and how ESSA will cement that progress;
* Secretary Duncan’s blog post, “Finally a Fix to No Child Left Behind;”
* Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Munoz’s blog post, “What You Need to Know About the Fix to No Child Left Behind” (with a side-by-side comparison of NCLB, ESEA flexibility, and ESSA);
* excerpts from the Secretary’s prepared remarks at the Learning Forward conference; and
* a Dear Colleague letter from both Secretary Duncan and incoming Acting Secretary King on ESSA.

Many of these materials are posted on the Department’s ESEA
web page, and additional materials will be posted as they become available. In the meantime, questions may be directed to ESSA.questions@ed.gov.

2015 Data Release
SPP Public Site
The release date for the 2015 School Performance Profile (SPP) is November 4, 2015. Academic performance for schools with a Grade 11 cohort (LTHS) will have an academic score for 14-15 based solely on the banked Keystone Exams scores. Schools with only PSSA grade configurations (LTEC) have no academic scores for 14-15. Click SPP to access the site.

PVAAS Public Site
The release date for the SY14-15 Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS) public site for PSSA Mathematics, Reading/English Language Arts, Science, and Keystone content areas (Algebra I, Literature and Biology) for Pennsylvania's public districts and schools, charter schools, cyber charter schools, and full-time comprehensive Career and Technology Centers is November 19, 2015. Click PVAAS to access the site.

Presentation of this 2015 data and more to the public at the board meeting scheduled on November 9, 2015.

Local Assessments
In the Lackawanna Trail School District, we administer multiple assessments throughout the year to gauge students understanding of topics in various content areas.

At LTEC, the following assessments are administered to students:

Measure Administration Content Area Students
DIBELS Next September
January
May
Literacy Grades K - 3
CDT TBD ELA
Math
Science
Grades 3 - 6
Grades 3 - 6
Grade 4
Terra Nova April Grade 2
ACCESS for ELLs TBD ELL ELLs K-6
Click on the name of the measure for more information.

At LTHS, the following assessments are administered to students:
Measure Administration Content Area Students
4Sight CC September
January
May
ELA and Math Grades 7 & 8
CDT November
January
Science Biology
Grade 8
ACCESS for ELLs Jan 25 - Mar 4 ELL ELLs 7-12
Click on the name of the measure for more information.
Pennsylvania’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Waiver Receives Federal Approval
The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has approved Pennsylvania’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver which allows for a one-year pause in the use of the state’s School Performance Profile (SPP). Click HERE for more details.

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2015 PSSA Information
Below are links to helpful documents regarding the 2015 PSSA exams. Click on the title of the document for more information.

* PSSA Individual Student Report Guide
* PSSA Cut Scores for ELA and Math (grades 3-8)
* PSSA ELA Performance Level Descriptors
* PSSA Math Performance Level Descriptors

2015-2016 PSSA and Keystone Exam Testing Windows

2016-2017 PSSA Testing Dates/Times:
Assessment Windows Grades
English Language Arts April 3-7, 2017 3, 4, 5, 6
April 3-7, 2017 7, 8
Mathematics April 24-28, 2017 3, 4, 5, 6
April 24-28, 2017 7, 8
Science May 1-5, 2017 4
May 1-5, 2017 8
Make-Ups May 8-12, 2017 All grades

2016-2017 Keystone Exam Testing Days/Times:
Season Windows Subjects
Winter - Wave 1 December 5-16, 2016 Literature
Algebra 1
Biology
Winter - Wave 2 January 9-23, 2017 Not offered at LTHS
Spring May 15-26, 2017 Literature
Biology
Algebra 1
Summer July 31-August 4, 2017 Literature
Algebra 1
Biology
Files
 Keystone Exams
Documents for Parents to better understand the Keystones and the reports they generate.
 NCLB Report Cards
This folder contains both the district's and the schools' report cards.

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