North Side residents raise awareness and support student success with high stakes testing!
From Perry South / Perry Hilltop, Maria Searcy, an engaged Pittsburgh Public Schools parent, worked to raise awareness about the Keystone examination, helping to provide students with the support they need to pass the exam successfully and parents with information to support their children during the testing and remediation process. Through a community forum at Project Destiny, the project helped make parents of the class of 2017 and beyond aware of the new graduation requirement. A student panel gave testimony about the Keystone examination and remediation process and PPS employees responsible for Keystone testing and Curriculum were available to answer questions. Parents were provided information and resources from the PA Department of Education in order to help support their children in successfully passing the test.
“Many parents and students are not only disengaged from the current education process, but they’re unaware of the major changes coming their way that will affect their ability to graduate,” said project leader Maria Searcy. “And I think it starts with awareness in our community and a collective voice of parents and community leaders and people that care about our kids.”