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Education Department Releases Updated Future Ready PA Index

10/16/2020

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today updated certain data elements on the Future Ready PA Index, the Wolf Administration’s public-facing dashboard for comprehensive information on student and school success.

“Under Governor Wolf’s direction, the department launched Future Ready PA in 2018 as a tool to provide families, educators, employers and communities with a more comprehensive look at how Pennsylvania schools are preparing students,” said Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega. “Success is measured by more than standardized tests. The index shows how all students, including historically underserved groups, are progressing in their education and learning the skills to be productive citizens of the Commonwealth.

“While a number of measures were impacted this year by mandated school closures and the suspension of statewide assessments, other key indicators have been updated and will serve as a useful tool for families, parents and school communities,” he added.

Data sets not affected by the extended school closures include: District Fast Facts, School Fast Facts and English Language Proficiency; these indicators will display school year 2019-20 data. Regular Attendance, Graduation Rate and Postsecondary Transition to School, Military and Work are considered lagging indicators, meaning data is collected at least one year prior to the reporting year. The attendance and graduation indicators will display 2018-19 data and the postsecondary transition indicator will display 2017-18 data.

The following indicators will remain unchanged, displaying 2018-19 data: PSSA, Keystone Exams, and other standardized tests; Rigorous Courses of Study; Career Standards Benchmark; and Industry-based Learning.

The Future Ready PA Index illustrates progress by both school and student groups - including economically disadvantaged students, English Learners, students receiving special education services, and racial and ethnic groups.

The Future Ready PA Index is designed to be easy for families to understand. A color-coded system illustrates school and student group progress in the three main measurement categories: student academic performance; student progress with on-track measures; and whether students graduate college and career ready.

Visit the PDE website for more information about this year’s data.

Visit the Future Ready PA Index.

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Levis - 717-783-9802, or elevis@pa.gov

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