PSSA http://wesa.fm en Making Promises the City Can Keep http://wesa.fm/post/making-promises-city-can-keep <p>The <a href="http://pittsburghpromise.org/about.php">Pittsburgh Promise</a> has been providing scholarships to Pittsburgh public school students since 2008. They've pledged to promote the development of neighborhoods, city school reform, and give city students access and opportunities to attend a higher education institution.</p><p>Five years since its inception, the first batch of Promise recipients are graduating from their respective colleges and universities, and <a href="http://triblive.com/opinion/featuredcommentary/4364873-74/promise-pittsburgh-schools#axzz2ZmIvJfJy">many critics are argue </a>that the program has not been effective. Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise maintains that the scholarship program is helping hundreds of students succeed after high school, while Jake Haulk, President of the <a href="http://www.alleghenyinstitute.org">Allegheny Institute for Public Policy</a>, asserts that little has been done to improve the quality of the public schools. He says students are not receiving a sufficient education upon high school graduation.</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:53:52 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13816 at http://wesa.fm Making Promises the City Can Keep Opting Out: How High are the Stakes of Standardized Tests? http://wesa.fm/post/opting-out-how-high-are-stakes-standardized-tests <p>A growing protest <a href="http://unitedoptout.com/">movement</a> has triggered discussions about our country's emphasis on public school standardized testing. According to parents such as <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/perspectives/why-i-wont-let-my-son-take-the-pssa-681537/"><strong>Kathy Newman</strong></a>, a Pittsburgh Public School parent, CMU English professor and volunteer coordinator for the grassroots education group <a href="http://yinzercation.wordpress.com/category/opt-out-movement/">Yinzercation</a>, the pressures and stakes of assessments like the PSSAs are too high. So they're <a href="http://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/3775488-74/math-reading-opt#axzz2PnXGogpy">opting their kids out</a>. Kathy joins us for a discussion about how standardized testing impacts the quality of a public school education. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 7713 at http://wesa.fm Opting Out: How High are the Stakes of Standardized Tests? As Students Undergo PSSA Testing, Some Parents Advocate Opting Out http://wesa.fm/post/students-undergo-pssa-testing-some-parents-advocate-opting-out <p></p><p>It’s April, and for many school children in Pennsylvania, that means it’s time for tests.</p><p>The Pennsylvania Systems of School Assessment (PSSA) is an annual standards-based test. Students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 are assessed in reading and math. Grades 5, 8 and 11 are assessed in writing, and grades 4, 8 and 11 are assessed in science.</p><p>The tests have no bearing on students’ grades, and some parents are questioning the need for the PSSA.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 19:44:04 +0000 Deanna Garcia 7481 at http://wesa.fm 10 Percent Of Schools Get An 'F' On PennCAN Report Card http://wesa.fm/post/10-percent-schools-get-f-penncan-report-card <p>The Pennsylvania Campaign for Achievement Now (<a href="http://www.50can.org/states/penncan">PennCAN</a>) has released report cards for every public school in the state as well as lists of the state’s top elementary, middle and high schools.</p><p>The education reform organization graded schools in five categories: student performance, subgroup performance (minority and economic status), achievement gaps (how student performance compared to subgroup performance), performance gains and high school graduation rates.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jared Adkins 4175 at http://wesa.fm