To all my fellow educators in PA, readers in PA, and educators nationwide, please visit the link below and open the Excel file.
PA Dept of Education Budget
Check out line 10, the line for "PA Assessment". Yes, that 36, 590 is in thousands.
Compare with line 9, the line for "Information and Technology Improvement". 4,266.
Pick jaw up off floor.
A statewide system of standardized testing is costing us $36, 590,000, yet they are calling for teacher layoffs?
Am I reading this correctly? Please tell me if you have a different interpretation. If I am reading this correctly, then every person in the state of PA needs to see this.
Big props to Scott (Tuesday's With Swindy) for pointing me towards this.