Pennsylvania – State Information

MEA President: Phil Stattel
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Mark Despotakis
ALF Member Email:

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/5/2021
Adjourns: 11/30/2022

Meeting in person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline None
Budget Deadline June 30
Introduction Deadlines None
Governor Tom Wolf (D)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Curtis G. Sonney (R)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr. (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Giovanni M. DiSanto (R)

Partisan Split House: R      Senate: R 
House Clerk Contact 717-787-2372
Senate Secretary Contact 717-787-7163
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
Education Commissioner Noe Ortega

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Susan McCrone, Chief, Division of Federal Programs
Title IV Director Not found
Title IV Website Not found
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds March


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

PA Music PK-12 Level I (6-year, non-renewable)
Level II Lifetime

Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA), ACT, SAT, or ETS-Core

Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects – Content Knowledge (5511)

Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113) None PDE-430 Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework $200 application (in-state)
$260 application (out-of-state)
Yes June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Public Health Guidance Regarding COVID-19 for Phased Reopening of Pre-K to 12 Schools

State guidance allows school districts to decide whether they will use in-person or remote instruction, or a mix of both. Many school boards are still voting on their reopening plans throughout August, and some have requested additional guidance from the state.

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2018-2019 school year.

$14,500 in Title IV-A funds were utilized in Donegal SD to furnish necessary equipment to strengthen the Media Arts program within the district.

Title IV-A funds were utilized in Marple Newtown School District to allow elementary music teachers to purchase music to support the district choir and to enhance their curriculum affording students the opportunity to experience an integrated approach to learning. The pieces were based on African heritage. These pieces were also chosen to increase music fluency. The pieces will be showcased during our District performance in May- Night of the Arts.

Title IV-A funds were utilized in Forbes Road School District to fund Band Camp and a Drama workshop. They hired a new band director over the summer. So, to introduce him and give him a head-start into the fall marching band season, it was an excellent opportunity for students and the new director.