PDE Initiatives

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education provides a multiple comprehensive, research-based resources to school districts in order to improve student achievement.  Whether the use of these tools is required by school code or identified and utilized by a school as an effective local resource, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit offers professional development critical to successful implementation. The AIU’s Teaching and Learning division can provide train-the-trainer sessions, consultations, and professional development tailored to a district needs.  Contact brian.stamford@aiu3.net for more information. 


    PDE Resource and Systems for Improvement:

    Comprehensive Planning- A framework for thoughtful data-driven and research-based district and school planning. Districts are required to submit a comprehensive plan every three years.

    Educator Effectiveness- PA’s mandated educator evaluation system, incorporating critical components of training and professional growth.

    Future Ready PA Index- A new, more holistic school evaluation tool to be released in Fall 2018.

    Keystone/PSSA- Federally-mandated Pennsylvania assessments for students in grades 3-8, as well as end-of-course assessments in Algebra, Biology, and Literature.

    PA Core Standards- Pennsylvania’s academic standards.

    PVAAS- A lens of measuring student learning that provides educators with valuable information to ensure they are meeting the academic needs of their students.

    SAS- A website hosted by PDE that serves as a one-stop-shop for PDE’s tools and resources available to schools.

    SLOs- Part of PA’s educator effectiveness system, SLOs provide teachers with a process for selecting the goals, setting performance indicators/targets, and selecting performance measures which will be used to determine their effectiveness with the students they are instructing