News & Media

IU13 Completes Statewide Training for PVAAS


August 2014: The PVAAS Statewide Team for PDE (Dr. Kristen Lewald, Jennifer Kurtz, Jennifer Ross, Joan Perekupka, and Brian Truesdale – from IU13 Instructional Services) just completed a seven-week statewide implementation of the PVAAS Roster Verification. This was a process for teachers and administrators to make sure accurate data is used to yield PVAAS Teacher Specific Reporting as part of Pennsylvania’s new Educator Effectiveness System. This included 43,000+ teachers from districts/schools statewide. The PVAAS Statewide Team developed a wealth of resources to support LEAs statewide in implementing the PVAAS Roster Verification process. This included a Virtual Learning Module for districts/schools which was viewed statewide over 30,000 times. In this seven-week window, the PVAAS Statewide Team for PDE sent and received over 25,000 emails to/from LEAs as they needed support to verify the linkages between teachers and students. While this was a new process for districts/schools, the team received many emails applauding the timely, effective, and extensive supports provided statewide to Pennsylvania’s districts/schools.
Since launching in 2002, IU13 has administered the statewide implementation and rollout of PVAAS on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Staff from IU13 serve as the PDE PVAAS Statewide Core Team.