November 17 — 1:47 pm, 2018

Pennsylvania launches long-awaited school assessment site

The new index does not give schools a number grade or rank them against one another.

Katie Myer

The Future Ready PA Index assesses schools by several discrete standards, instead of assigning a single number grade. (Carolyn Thompson/AP Photo)

Pennsylvania’s Department of Education has launched a new online index that will aggregate statistics about public and charter schools for parents, teachers, and students.

Unlike the previous school assessment site, this one steers clear of ranking schools against one another.

The Future Ready PA Index has been a long time coming.

State officials started working on it more than a year ago as part of a plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which took effect under President Barack Obama.

In a major change, schools will no longer get a number grade. Deputy Education Secretary Matt Stem said the new approach tries to express more nuance by measuring more than just test scores.

New criteria include proficiency in different subject areas and career readiness.

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