• On February 13, teachers, counselors, nurses, librarians and other professional staff were involved in professional development, “a critical component in an educator’s continuous improvement process,” according to keynote speaker Steve Ventura of Advanced Collaborative Solutions. Mr. Ventura presented to all K – 12 educators on a rotating basis throughout the day. He is a preeminent source of educator professional development in the areas of standards, assessment, and accountability, both in the United States and across the globe.
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    The Chester County Intermediate Unit was also on site to share information about Pennsylvania’s Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS). Districts and schools are using PVAAS (growth data), in conjunction with achievement data, to make sure students are on the path to proficiency and beyond. Utilizing all the data available (growth and achievement), educators are able to make data-informed instructional decisions to ensure the academic growth and achievement of all students.
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    Additionally, teachers gathered in groups to discuss new initiatives geared at helping students achieve.
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