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Pennsylvania Submits Its Every Student Succeeds Act Plan to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Gov. Tom Wolf signed off on Pennsylvania’s roadmap for complying with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act on Monday and submitted it to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her approval.

The plan, which was made public Monday, establishes what the department describes as “ambitious yet attainable” goals of raising student performance, increasing graduation rates and having English learners move toward achieving English language proficiency.

It responds to the oft-heard complaints about too much class time spent on testing by shortening the state exams that third through eighth-graders take in English language arts and math. It also establishes a new school report card that expands the indicators used to measure performance, placing less emphasis on state test scores which educators had sought.