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School Construction and Facilities
Section 7-731 of the Public School Code of 1949, as amended, requires Department of Education approval of plans and specifications for all public school construction or reconstruction, and for ordinary repairs or maintenance work of a value greater than $15,000 for any second, third or fourth class district.

Special Education
Special Education provides effective and efficient administration and management of the Commonwealth's resources dedicated to enabling school districts to maintain high standards in their delivery of a Free and Appropriate Education to exceptional students.

Standards Aligned System (SAS)
The Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System (SAS) is a collaborative product of research and good practice that identifies six distinct elements which, if utilized together, will provide schools and districts a common framework for continuous school and district enhancement and improvement.

State Assessment System
The Pennsylvania state assessment system is composed of assessments and the reporting associated with the results of those assessments.  The assessments include the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA), the Pennsylvania Accountability System (PAS), the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS), the Keystone Exams (end-of-course), Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).  

Student Services & Programs
A range of programs that support students and enhance the educational program in schools is offered in Pennsylvania, including food and nutrition, pupil transportation, and programs for gifted students.

Teaching and Learning
Providing resources for Teachers for Professional Development.

Veteran's Education
The Division of Veterans/Military Education is the State Approving Agency for Pennsylvania.  In order for a veteran, reservist or dependent to use their GI Bill Benefits the program must be approved by the State Approving Agency.