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first_imgPennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan Receives Final Approval SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Pennsylvania’s federally-required replacement to No Child Left Behind has received final approval from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). Pennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan is the state’s most comprehensive federal education blueprint since 2002.“Today’s approval serves as an historic moment for public education in the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania is committed to ensuring that all students have access to an equitable, high-quality, well-rounded education, and our ESSA plan greatly enhances that mission. The plan provides critical resources to schools and a flexible framework through which teachers can teach and students can learn.”The plan sets ambitious goals for closing, and ultimately eliminating, achievement gaps; increases attention to student growth in school accountability and improvement efforts; and commits to a full, fair, and transparent presentation of school success based on a more comprehensive set of measures. As an example, a focus on STEM education, and the implementation of a new Career Ready Indicator, will highlight school success in career exploration activities, even down to the elementary level.Additionally, the plan includes the development of the Future Ready PA Index, a new, public-facing school progress report that expands the indicators used to measure school performance, and extends the comprehensive approach to ensuring student and school success. The Index will place additional emphasis on academic growth, a robust chronic absenteeism measure, attention to both four-year and extended-year graduation rates, and assessments of postsecondary readiness.“Pennsylvania’s plan reflects our guiding principles of transparency, equity, and innovation, and provides new flexibility to schools as they prepare students for success after graduation,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “We are particularly proud of the extensive stakeholder engagement efforts undertaken during the planning process, which ensures that the plan aligns with the needs and priorities of Pennsylvania’s educators, students, and communities.”Pennsylvania’s ESSA Consolidated State Plan was submitted to USDE on September 18, 2017, after an extensive stakeholder engagement process. To develop the plan, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE):Assembled four work groups – comprised of teachers, charter school and district level administrators, advocates, civil rights leaders, former policymakers from both parties, and others – to study key aspects of the law and develop framework recommendations;Commissioned an independent study to examine work group recommendations in the context of academic literature and other evidence;Testified before the House and Senate Education committees and worked with lawmakers to address plan components;Held six dedicated town halls in regions across the commonwealth to gather additional stakeholder feedback;Participated in approximately 30 statewide conferences, professional association meetings, and parent forums to reach more than 2,000 Pennsylvanians and present on the state’s ESSA planning and early implementation;Consulted with national nonpartisan policy and technical experts (American Institutes for Research, Council of Chief State School Officers, Education Commission of the States) to solicit additional insight, feedback, and suggestions for specific plan components; andPresented the plan for public comment in English and Spanish for a 30-day period, during which time PDE received more than 400 comments and suggestions.For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, or to read the approved ESSA Consolidated State Plan, visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.center_img January 17, 2018last_img read more

first_imgView this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Ali Krieger and Ashlyn HarrisHaving your partner in the stands, watching you compete would be a moment of pride for any athlete. But to have them by your side, even on the field with you, is better than Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris’ wildest dreams.Krieger and Harris will join the U.S. women’s national soccer team on back-to-back trips to the FIFA Women’s World Cup. But this time, they’ll be going as fiancées. Pugh wrote in The Players Tribune, “I have a goal. It’s for this year, for the World Cup and beyond: I want to be the best at everything I do.”She continued, “I’m hoping that I can make a statement at this summer’s World Cup — just like [Mia Hamm] did back in 1999. I’m hoping to get into one of those Mia Hamm Zones.”The Braves are in season during the World Cup, so Swanson likely won’t have a chance to make it to France to support the national team. But if you’re in Atlanta, you might catch him at a U.S. matchday watch party. View this post on Instagram 🖤A post shared by Mallory Pugh (@malpugh) on Dec 13, 2018 at 6:22pm PSTThe shortstop and USWNT forward met after the No. 1 MLB draft pick was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Braves in 2015. Pugh’s brother-in-law, second baseman Jace Peterson, introduced the two. The young couple are fairly private about their relationship, but they certainly aren’t hiding it. Merry Christmas 🎄A post shared by Dansby Swanson (@dansbyswanson) on Dec 25, 2018 at 4:37pm PSTSwanson told Sporting News in March, “We never would have met, obviously, if I didn’t get traded to Atlanta. Would never have met Jace, the whole thing. So I’m thankful now.”In 2016, the 18-year-old Pugh became the youngest U.S. goal scorer in Olympic history. She’s looking for more on the biggest stage in soccer. It really does get better. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜A post shared by Ali Krieger (@alikrieger) on Oct 11, 2018 at 3:00pm PDTThe USWNT stars kept their relationship private to avoid distraction from their club, national team and teammates.“We wanted to be professional and make sure that we showed up every day and did our job and it wasn’t just because we were together, it was because we love what we do, and we’re really good at what we do,” Krieger told People. “We were like, now is the right time … and I feel like it’s a massive weight off of my shoulders.”Krieger, who is embarking on her third World Cup, was a hopeful addition to the roster, having been out of USWNT camps for two years.“It’s a dream come true to be back,” Krieger told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s really nice to be able to share this moment with her and make these memories with [Ashlyn], and really have someone in your corner that understands the [training] process and how tiring it is.”ICYMI: Soccer Stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris Are Engaged! 💕 https://t.co/7XMpkPlWOy— People (@people) March 13, 2019The couple is still dedicated to not being a distraction from the team and their historic chase for a fourth title.“When we’re at work, we’re there to work. I’m her teammate,” Harris said. “We’re very much about the team. We put the team first. And when we’re at home, the relationship comes first.”MORE: A complete guide to the 2019 Women’s World CupJulie and Zach ErtzJulie Johnston met Zach Ertz at a baseball game at Stanford, where Zach was a junior tight end and Julie was a sophomore midfielder at Santa Clara University. He writes about the chance meeting that he, “went up and sat right next to her…that was that.”The pair married in 2016, the year after Julie and the USWNT won the 2015 World Cup and the year before Zach caught the Super Bowl-winning touchdown for the Philadelphia Eagles. Julie and Zach have been hailed as a sports power couple and, in the summer of 2017, were featured together in the ESPN Body Issue, highlighted by the pride they have in each other’s accomplishments.Thrilled to take part in @ESPN Magazine Body Issue with my wife! So much fun for us & an honor to be included! https://t.co/qcV1WmFc5c— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) July 6, 2017“I love watching Julie play,” Zach told ESPN. “I know how much work she puts into her sport and her craft. To see that hard work payoff is very satisfying to me too.”And Julie is no stranger to seeing Zach’s hard work payoff, too.The night of the 2017 NFC Championship game, Julie heard the news that Zach was Super Bowl bound after her own game ended and the moment went viral.USWNT’s Julie Ertz found out her husband, Zach Ertz, made it to the Super Bowl right after her match today 🙏(via @ussoccer_wnt) pic.twitter.com/rCVyBDWkIg— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 22, 2018Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) seeing his wife’s reaction to his team making the Super Bowl hits you right in the feels. ❤️ #SBLII pic.twitter.com/7q0F5G1Cu1— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 22, 2018“He’s my No. 1 supporter and fan,” Julie told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “To be able to have him there — and obviously, hopefully celebrate with him in the end — I’m very grateful for him and his support, and of course the [Eagles’] as well.”Always fun watching the Mrs! @julieertz #TeamErtz #SheBelievesCup pic.twitter.com/1m6TNyZ50p— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) February 28, 2019The Ertz household has a Superbowl title and a World Cup trophy — and is seeking a second this summer in France.It’s good to be an Ertz.@julieertz: World Cup champ 🏆@ZERTZ_86: Super Bowl champ🏆 pic.twitter.com/4n1Yeyr3IK— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) February 5, 2018If that’s not goals, figuratively and literally, I don’t know what is.Megan Rapinoe and Sue BirdMegan Rapinoe and WNBA star Sue Bird are giving the Ertzes a run for their “power couple” money.The Seattle Storm guard and the Seattle Reign striker have been together since 2016, first meeting at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Bird came out to the public in an interview with ESPNW, relaying her relationship with Rapinoe to the world.Since then, they’ve become the LGBT community’s most visible sports couple.“Megan opened my eyes … that there’s a very high value in somebody who is a public figure coming out and talking about their sexuality and what that means for kids and for society,” Bird said in an interview with Seattle Refined.Meet Seattle sports’ newest power couple: Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe (via @StefanieLoh)https://t.co/Drp4wDqorM pic.twitter.com/NkSB7VfQjF— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) June 22, 2018They were the first gay couple to be featured together on the cover of the ESPN Body Issue last summer.The ESPN Body Issue is out.Congrats to Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe — the first openly gay couple to be on the cover, and featured in the issue.https://t.co/HDjbOVtAR7 pic.twitter.com/RQVbfxk4F7— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) June 25, 2018Their support on the field and court is apparent, telling Seattle’s Q13 FOX they have season tickets to the other’s team.And Rapinoe credits her performance on the pitch to Bird’s nutritional influence.She told ESPN, “Once we met and started dating … I saw the difference so quickly and saw the change in myself so quickly that I was like, ‘Oh, this is actually working’ I’m gonna keep on this. Keep playin’ ’til I’m 37.”Like the Ertzes, the Rapinoe-Bird household has plenty of hardware in its trophy case.The couple has three WNBA titles, five combined Olympic gold medals and one World Cup.Rapinoe is looking to add to that collection. Bird will almost lead an “I believe that we will win!” chant from the couple’s hometown.Alex Morgan and Servando CarrascoMarried in 2014, Alex Morgan and Servando Carrasco make up one of professional soccer’s most recognizable couples.The best day ever. pic.twitter.com/k1SFv2uxDV— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) January 3, 2015The LA Galaxy midfielder and the Orlando Pride forward are on opposite sides of the country now, but they always make time to support each other. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram I always get questions about my dreams in soccer and winning the World Cup was one of them! I want to know what your dreams are. Comment below with the dream you’re chasing after. #JustDoIt #TeamNikeA post shared by Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) on Jul 12, 2018 at 4:25pm PDT“Obviously, with the national team, I’m away for a couple weeks at a time, all the time. So we’ve gotten used to that,” Morgan told the Orlando Sentinel.They’ve also gotten used to winning, and Morgan is aiming to add another World Cup to the family mantle.Mallory Pugh and Dansby SwansonMallory Pugh is on her way to her first World Cup and her beau Dansby Swanson is one of the faces leading the Atlanta Braves this season. Was totally fangirling today. 👫A post shared by Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) on Aug 29, 2018 at 8:53pm PDT“I watch her games, and she watches my games. We definitely make it work,” Carrasco told Pro Soccer USA.And after Morgan’s World Cup win in 2015, he was right there, ready to celebrate with her. The Orlando Pride defender and goalkeeper went public with their relationship for the first time in March and announced their engagement.Congratulations to Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris! The #NWSL and U.S. standouts are engaged to be married https://t.co/RZKCxQagoM— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) March 13, 2019Called in together to represent the USWNT in 2010, the pair have been together for nearly a decade.“Here we are nine years later, and we’re going to be getting married this year,” Harris told People.MORE: ‘Burden’ of secrecy lifted, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris ready for World Cup togetherlast_img read more