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Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is the executive department of the state charged with publicly funded preschool, K-12 and adult educational budgeting, management and guidelines. As the state education agency, its activities are directed by the governor appointed Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education.http://www.education.pa.gov

Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System (SAS portal)

The Standards Aligned System (SAS), developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, is a comprehensive, researched-based resource to improve student achievement. SAS identifies six elements that impact student achievement: Standards, Assessments, Curriculum Framework, Instruction, Materials & Resources, and Safe and Supportive Schools. Schools and educators across Pennsylvania are supported in their efforts to implement SAS by the development of a state-of-the-art portal.https://www.pdesas.org/

Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA)

The Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) is a statewide alternate assessment designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Specifically, it is intended for those who are unable to participate meaningfully in the  Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) even with accommodations. By administering the PASA to students with severe disabilities, schools achieve compliance with federal laws and the Pennsylvania School Code that require that all students participate in the statewide accountability system. The PASA is an individually administered test given each spring to students by their teacher or another certified Test Administrator who knows the student well. Test administration can be adapted so that even students with the most severe disabilities can participate in the assessment and receive a score. The test, administered to students in the equivalent of grades 3 through 8 and 11,  correlates to reading and math standards; and, for students in grades 4, 8, and 11, test items are aligned with science standards. Each test item represents an authentic, relevant, and age-appropriate skill related to reading, mathematics, or science.  Like the PSSA, the PASA is designed to take a snapshot of student's typical performance on a small sample of academic skills derived from the PA Academic Standards.http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Special%20Education/Pages/PA-Alternate-System-of-Assessment.aspx#tab-1

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)

The annual Pennsylvania System School Assessment is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment which provides students, parents, educators and citizens with an understanding of student and school performance related to the attainment of proficiency of the academic standards.  These standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology identify what a student should know and be able to do at varying grade levels.  School districts possess the freedom to design curriculum and instruction to ensure that students meet or exceed the standards' expectations.Every Pennsylvania student in grades 3 through 8 is assessed in English Language Arts and Math.  Every Pennsylvania student in grades 4 and 8 is assessed in science.Individual student scores, provided only to their respective schools, can be used to assist teachers in identifying students who may be in need of additional educational opportunities, and school scores provide information to schools and districts for curriculum and instruction improvement discussions and planning.In compliance with  §4.51(a)(4) of the PA School Code the State Board of Education approved, "specific criteria for advanced, proficient, basic and below basic levels of performance."https://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Assessment%20and%20Accountability/PSSA/Pages/default.aspx

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)

The mission of the PaTTAN is to support the efforts and initiatives of the Bureau of Special Education, and to build the capacity of local educational agencies to serve students who receive special education services.http://www.pattan.net/

Pennsylvania Child Welfare Information Solution (CWIS)

Our service provides a means for individuals to apply for PA Child Abuse History Clearance online and for mandated reporters to report child abuse in Pennsylvania.https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS/Public/Home

Wilson Language

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) is the flagship program of Wilson Language Training® and the foundation of all other Wilson programs. WRS is an intensive Tier 3 program for students in grades 2-12 and adults with word-level deficits who are not making sufficient progress through their current intervention; have been unable to learn with other teaching strategies and require multisensory language instruction; or who require more intensive structured literacy instruction due to a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia.As a structured literacy program based on phonological-coding research and Orton-Gillingham principles, WRS directly and systematically teaches the structure of the English language. Through the program, students learn fluent decoding and encoding skills to the level of mastery. From the beginning steps of the program, students receive instruction in:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Decoding and word study
  • Sight word recognition
  • Spelling
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Oral expressive language development
  • Comprehension

http://www.wilsonlanguage.com/

Heggerty

Each level of the Heggerty curriculum provides 35 weeks of daily lessons, focusing on eight phonemic awareness Skills, along with two additional activities to develop Letter and Sound recognition, and Language Awareness. The lessons are designed to deliver Tier 1 phonemic awareness instruction in a whole group setting and only take 10–12 minutes. For students in need of extra support, portions of lessons could be used in a small group and serve as a “second dose” of phonemic awareness instruction.https://www.heggerty.org/phonemic-awareness-curriculum

Orton Gillingham

Orton-Gillingham is a highly structured approach that breaks reading and spelling down into smaller skills involving letters and sounds, and then building on these skills over time. It also was the first approach to use multi-sensory teaching strategies to teach reading, which is considered extremely effective for teaching students with dyslexia. This means that educators use sight, hearing, touch, and movement to help students connect and learn the concepts being taught.https://www.orton-gillingham.com/about-us/orton-gillingham/

OG Card Deck

Developed for Mayerson Academy's accredited Orton-Gillingham training programs now offered online, this simple and effective Orton-Gillingham electronic card deck enhances understanding of over 80 common grapheme-phoneme correspondences that form the building blocks for reading and spelling. Each grapheme* card offers the multisensory experience of hearing the corresponding phoneme and key word, watching a video clip showing articulation of the phoneme, and the opportunity to practice the phoneme with a voice recording/playback option.https://apps.apple.com/us/app/og-card-deck/id709418432

Spelfabet

Beginning and struggling readers and spellers need to learn how to pull words apart into sounds, and represent them with letters/spellings, and blend sounds together into words.The sounds part of this task (phonemic awareness) is difficult for many, and English spelling is famously complex. This website aims to help you teach beginners and strugglers about sounds and spellings using explicit, systematic synthetic phonics, giving them a solid foundation on which to build their fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and written expression.https://www.spelfabet.com.au/