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Education Laws and GVA

The Education Laws and Green Valley Academy

There have been some changes in the Federal Laws pertaining to Education. Here are a few basic terms that will become prevalent as the new laws are implemented. A list of basic obligations and how our methodology fulfills these requirements will be listed below.


  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorizes the (ESEA Act of 1965- Elementary and Secondary Education Act) of the US Department of Education (ED).
  • Allocation formulas will remain the same for Local Educational Agencies (LEA).
  • These requirements are promulgated under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). In 2011, schools were given the opportunity for flexibility from certain requirements in the NCLB or ESEA.

Green Valley Academy (GVA) is currently prepared to accept students in need of an alternative program. Placement with GVA will enable the school districts to meet the obligations required by ESSA. This success becomes a fact if GVA’s methodology is strictly enforced by its professional staff.

A state educational agency (SEA) must identify; Reward, Prioritize and Focus Schools. Local districts will expect GVA to assist them in fulfilling the objectives of the ESSA. As requirements are successfully satisfied, local schools are expected to be found accountable through adequate yearly progress assessment (AYP). Reward, Prioritize and Focus Schools are Title 1 Schools*. The SEA has proposed ranking these schools using differentiated recognition, accountability and support systems. (See Differentiated Recognition Chart attached. This identifies Flexibility). Many districts applied for Flexibility or Waiver** from NCLB or 9, ESEA regulations. This places them in ESSA. ESSA has been approved in the state of Pennsylvania

It is the job of the Green Valley Academy Board and Professional Staff Members to help students find success so that the district can report a productive intervention for their clientele through AYP.

Green Valley Academy Methodologies that fulfill the basic obligations to ESSA and all schools include:

Professional Employees identified as:

  • Certified Academic Support: These are our certified teachers that instruct and oversee curriculum and evaluation.
  • Academic Support: Our non-certified classroom aides.
  • Special Education: Certified Staff member that oversees the implementation of the IEP in cases that regard the IEP as viable according to the NOREP. (The Notice of Recommended Placement is completed after at the end of the development of the IEP).


*Title 1 Schools-These schools have a 100% Federally funded supplemental educational programs that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies to improve educational opportunities for educationally deprived students. Title 1 is designed to help children meet the state content and performance standards in reading, language arts and mathematics in buildings with more than 40% poverty level. The student’s yearly progress must be determined. (Title 1 Schoolwide Plan)

**Wavers from ESEA and NCLB are detailed plans to improve the educational system, these detailed plans may include: Teacher evaluation standards and new methods of data collection to improve student assessment.

2. Formal Progress Monitoring: It is required that the following information be collected for each student:

  • Grades
  •  Teacher comments
  •  Attendance
  •  Other information regarding career or college application or other notes on progress
  • “Praxi” is our format for basic accountability. The PDE uses PIMS (Pennsylvania Information Management System).

Green Valley Academy teachers record grades and comments about each student twice a week. Parents and students can check progress. Soon, districts will also be able to check progress on a weekly basis.

3. Individualized Instruction

4. Behavioral Plans

5. Educational Plans

6. Parent Involvement

7. Teacher Assessment

8. Distribution of the PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment)

9. Distribution of the Keystone end of course assessments for Algebra 1*, Algebra 2, Geometry, Literature*, English Composition, Biology*, Chemistry, US History, World History, Civics and Government. Grades 3-8 are assessed in Language Arts and Mathematics.

10. Parent Conferences and IEP Meetings

11. Monthly Teacher In-services

12. Curriculum and Textbooks that meet the scope and sequence stipulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

13. Preparation for Graduation and Graduation of Students

14. Not have significant gaps across sub groups.

15. For certain students, fulfill the requirements for the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act.)

16. Present a business manager that assists the district in choosing the appropriate payment plan.

Green Valley Academy – Newly Accredited Candidate Member

Green Valley Academy has been accepted as a Candidate Member of the Middle States Association of Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.  Our school is the first of its kind to be accepted as a Candidate member of the MSA-CESS.  With this new status, GVA will benefit from all the rights and privileges of being a Member.

The MSA-CESS is a voluntary, peer-based, non-profit association that performs peer evaluation and regional accreditation of public and private schools in the Mid-Atlantic United States and certain foreign institutions of American origin that accepted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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