Pre-K access, teacher race, and more: Five notable facts about Pa. public schools

 5th grade students attend class at John Wister Elementary, a Mastery Charter school, in Philadelphia, Pa. (Jessica Kourkounis/For Keystone Crossroads)

5th grade students attend class at John Wister Elementary, a Mastery Charter school, in Philadelphia, Pa. (Jessica Kourkounis/For Keystone Crossroads)

Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Education released a draft of its plan to comply with the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Under the new law, states were given more leeway in how to set education policy and spend federal public school dollars. The most notable news within the report was the announcement that PDE plans to unveil a new school quality metric in 2018 that it believes will foster a more holistic student experience, one less narrowly focused on state standardized tests.

But within the 133 page report there were a few other noteworthy facts about Pennsylvania public schools that caught our attention.

ONE

TWO

THREE

FOUR

FIVE

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.