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.
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.