Senate Education Committee Approves Bill Creating “One-Stop Shop” to Simplify Access to School and District Performance Information

HARRISBURG (June 12, 2018) – The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr. (R-Blair), today passed legislation to create a “one-stop shop” website for parents, students, and taxpayers to simplify access to school and district performance information.

“There are multiple programs currently in place, already required by law, that report data on everything from assessment to test scores to finances to teacher effectiveness,” said Senator Eichelberger.  “Pennsylvania’s plan under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act will create yet another reporting system and performance index.  It can be difficult to navigate through all of the links to those reports on the state Department of Education’s website.  Establishing a single location online for all of these measures will make it much easier for the public to find information it needs, as well as increase transparency and accountability.”

SB1198 will require school districts, on their website home page, to clearly post a link to the new website.  The bill will also require all reported indexes to provide summative scores.

“Parents, students and taxpayers deserve to know how their school is performing, and the attempt to hide this information from the public or make it difficult to understand is shameful.  This bill secures a transparent, understandable score for each public school in the Commonwealth, something everyone should welcome,” said Eichelberger.

Senate Bill 1198 will now go before the full Senate for consideration.

The Education Committee today also passed:

SB1181, sponsored by Senator Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny), requiring depression screenings for students across Pennsylvania.

HB2124, sponsored by Representative Christopher B. Quinn (R-Delaware), requiring institutions of higher education to send annual letters to students with information on their student loan debt, including estimates of their total debt at graduation and estimated monthly payments.

 

For additional information, please contact Lee Derr, Senate Education Committee Executive Director, at 717-787-5490 or lderr@pasen.gov, or Patrick Schurr, Executive Assistant, at 866-509-3424 or pschurr@pasen.gov.