Pennsylvania law requires elementary and secondary schools to hold 180 days of classes. Many districts are struggling to fit them in after being closed for so many snow days.
State senator Andrew Dinniman, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, says the Education Department is overstressing the tests despite an earlier understanding with lawmakers.
These are the first heads to roll in the investigation of 53 Philadelphia schools that has been going on for more than a year.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is in the process of rolling out new exams for high school students that will become a graduation requirement by 2017.
ACT scores are in for the class of 2012, and those who took the test in Pennsylvania and New Jersey surpassed the national average, although the numbers can be a little deceiving.
More than half of the school buildings in the School District of Philadelphia are on the list.
No ruling from a Philadelphia federal judge on a lawsuit filed by the Chester Upland School District that seeks to force Pennsylvania education officials to advance them subsidy payments so they can make payroll next week.
A Pennsylvania Department of Education spokesman says statewide math and reading assessment scores improved slightly but fewer schools in the state made “adequate yearly progress” based on the No Child Left Behind law.
It is not a trend yet, but a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Education says state officials are open to the idea of four-day weeks in classrooms as school districts look for ways to save money.