Another school year begins, full of new opportunities! Welcome back students, teachers, and support staff!
Thank you parents for entrusting your kids to the district. Thank you to our administrators for leading our district to greater heights in 2015-16. Thank you to our classroom teachers for engaging and encouraging our students. And thank you to our tax payers for funding our excellent educational program.
Working together, let’s make this a great year for our students!
I talked in my previous post about uniquely powerful information that comes from PSSAs. In today’s post: what makes PSSA data so powerful?
Imagine you are moving to take a new job, and you need to find the best school for your children. How do you measure and compare school performance?
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Opting Out of standardized tests is a hot issue in many communities, but thankfully not yet in UCFSD. In recent posts I have covered the arguments made by Opt Out proponents, and what I see as the valid points Opt Out makes.
In this post, I make the case for keeping standardized tests, and why parents and teachers should “Opt In”. Continue reading →
At the July board meeting I voted to approve Cliff Beaver as the new principal at Pocopson Elementary. And as with all appointments, the board also approves a salary, which is set and recommended by the administration.
For all compensation matters that come before the board, I always want to understand how a proposed pay package compares to the market for similar positions in Chester County as well as Pennsylvania overall. If we are going to attract, retain, and reward great principals (and teachers, support staff, and other administrators) , our compensation needs to be competitive.
So how does pay for our elementary school principals compare? Here is what I found, using the public database of school salaries. Continue reading →