On Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, Dr. Jim Scanlon, Superintendent of West Chester Area School District, gave a speech regarding standardized testing (click here for PDF) at the House Education Committee Hearing. In his testimony, Dr. Scanlon discusses the 21st-century pressures that PA’s K-12 community faces, such as PSSAs, Keystones, social media, and academic standardization. For more information, please see Dr. Scanlon's speech or our blog.
In the Philadelphia Inquirer's "Philly Schools' scores plunge on new state tests" from September 2, 2015, Kristen A. Graham explains that the PSSAs have grown more difficult due to the state's new Common Core standards, and Philly schools' test performances alone mirrored the average statewide declines exactly. Philadelphia's school budget had some effect on the declining scores, as schools could not provide adequate staff and supplies to students during the 2014-2015 school year. For more information, please seek Graham's original article.