Policy Conditions in Action: Measuring Success and Equitable Conditions for Learning in Pennsylvania

Topics: Education Equity, Education Policy

In our recent State Policy Framework for Personalized Learning, we share a framework that can help guide states in their work towards statewide transformation to ensure personalized learning opportunities for all students.

Personalized learning can be a powerful approach for ensuring readiness for postsecondary education and career and for addressing racial, economic, gender and geographic disparities. To implement personalized learning with fidelity takes hard work and collaboration at every level of the system.

The State Policy Framework for Personalized Learning will help states and stakeholders define and navigate their pathway from the exploratory phase of system design, where a limited number of districts engage in personalized learning practices, to statewide transformation.

Early adopter: spotlight on Pennsylvania

Within our framework, we outline a set of policy conditions states will need to tackle as they refine and transform their policy system to one that ensures all students in the state benefit from high-quality personalized learning experiences. We also highlight early adopter states to illustrate each policy condition. For the policy conditions Measuring Success and Equitable Conditions for Learning, we shine a spotlight on Pennsylvania. 

Measuring Success

In 2018, the Pennsylvania Department of Education launched the Future Ready PA Index to provide stakeholders with comprehensive information on student and school success. The digital dashboard, which was developed with input from thousands of stakeholders, measures three main categories: academic performance, on-track measurements and preparation for and success in college or career. The dashboard further disaggregates data by student groups, including economically disadvantaged students, English Learners, students receiving special education services and racial and ethnic groups. The state believes its dashboard will provide stakeholders with a more holistic picture of student and school performance which will drive deeper community conversations about how to improve student opportunities and outcomes.

Equitable Conditions for Learning

Pennsylvania is leveraging a community schools model to mitigate the impact of poverty on academic performance by meeting the needs of students and families through locally-driven partnerships. Community schools create vibrant, safe and welcoming environments where students are challenged and supported to achieve their maximum potential.

A community school is both a place and set of partnerships that help address health, wellness and the social needs of its students, families and the surrounding neighborhood. Schools become centers of the community, open to everyone, all day, every day, evenings and weekends.

Moving to personalized learning throughout your state is a big undertaking with even bigger rewards. Not sure which policy conditions to begin with? Take this short quiz to find out.