Slide deck and recording: How Higher ed can help with Act 158

Posted by PHENND on February 14, 2023

On January 31st, PHENND hosted a virtual discussion with representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Education who gave a brief overview of the graduation pathways described in Act 158.  Following that presentation, there was ample time for an open Q&A.

Access the slide deck presented by the PA Department of Education

Watch the call recording on YouTube*.

See the Jamboard with some thoughts generated by the discussion.

* Follow-up note from presenter Brian Campbell, after the event:

Both the Alternative Assessment and the Evidence Based Pathways require acceptance to an accredited, non-profit IHE [that meets the definition for that pathway] and “evidence of the ability to enroll in college-level, credit-bearing coursework.”

Per our guidance in the toolkit, if the letter of admittance is non-conditional (it is explicit that the student will not be required to take remedial or non-college-level/non-credit-bearing coursework as a condition to enrollment), the student does not need to provide additional evidence of their ability to enroll in college-level, credit-bearing coursework.

However, if the admittance is conditional upon the student taking remedial or non-college-level/non-credit-bearing coursework or does not address/waive the requirement for remedial or non-college-level/non-credit-bearing coursework, the student must provide supplemental evidence of their ability to enroll in college-level, credit-bearing coursework through one of the following:

– Placement test results (or equivalent criteria established by the IHE) indicating the student may enroll in college-level coursework in every subject area

– College registration confirmation of enrollment in college-level courses (non-remedial) only

– A locally established graduate profile (see the toolkit)

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