Pennsylvania



State Governance

State Board of Education

The Pennsylvania state board of education consists of twenty-one members, each serving a six-year term. Board members are appointed by the governor and must be confirmed by the Senate.

The state board has the authority over:

  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Teacher Licensure
  • Summative Assessments
  • One Authorizer of Charter Schools, Among Others

Governor

Tom Wolf (D)

Chief State School Officer

Pedro A. Rivera

Appointed by the governor

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 43.1%

English Language Learners: 2.8%

Served by IDEA: 16.7%

 

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Reading scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Graduation Rates

 

Adjusted cohort graduation rates between 2011 and 2015:

 

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 1997

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 176

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 132,531

Charter School Cap Law: None

ESSA Plan & Implementation

Pennsylvania intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. Learn more about Pennsylvania’s ESSA approach.