On August 2, 2017, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an article by Molly Born outlining PA’s draft ESSA plan. The article cited PennCAN:

“While we are happy to see that PDE included ambitious yet attainable academic goals in the report, we are not confident this plan provides a clear blueprint for how schools will make meaningful progress,” the Pennsylvania Campaign for Achievement Now, a group that advocates for charter schools, said in a statement.

It expressed concern specifically about the dashboard approach, saying it could “be less user-friendly as it does not assign a numerical or grade value to schools.”

“In addition, a fairer metric to evaluate schools is only valuable insofar as it leads to better, more tailored interventions to support struggling schools. This plan is scant on any details regarding specific interventions or even a timeline for holding schools accountable.”

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