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Why the Change?

The Department of Education wants to take a more “holistic” approach to measuring school performance. Rather than focusing on test scores alone as a measure of school performance, the Future Ready PA Index provides an evaluation of districts and schools based on test scores, as well as other measures such as English Language proficiency, career readiness, chronic absenteeism, and industry-based learning. There are three main categories: 

1. State Assessment Measures 
  • Percent proficient in PSSA and Keystone Exam results in math, English Language Arts and science 
  • Annual growth expectations through the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System
2. On-Track Measures
  • English Language proficiency
  • Chronic absenteeism
  • Grade 3 reading/grade 7 math early indicators of success
3. College and Career Measures
  • Graduation rate
  • Career readiness benchmark 
  • Industry-based learning (such as industry standards-based competency assessments, high-value industry recognized credentials or work-based experiences)
  • Rigorous courses of study, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, college courses or CTE career pathways
Schools will be evaluated in these three areas, and receive an overall "score" for each. The score will be illustrated with a blue, green or red dot. Blue indicates a school has met or exceeded standards or goals for the category, green indicates a school has met or exceeded the interim target, and red indicates a school has not met the standard or interim target. 

Pennsylvania's goal for each measure is to reduce by half the statewide percentage of students not meeting the targets of proficiency, language attainment or graduation by the end of the 2029-30 school year.