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School District of Philadelphia Shows Progress in Post-Pandemic Academic Recovery

School District of Philadelphia Shows Progress in Post-Pandemic Academic Recovery

In January 2024, the Education Recovery Scorecard issued a report on the first year of Covid-related academic recovery for school districts in 30 states. According to the research team, SDP is outpacing other large urban districts nationwide and many districts in Pennsylvania in recovering from the pandemic. In math, Philadelphia students recovered nearly half a grade level of learning during the 2022-2023 school year. In reading, Philadelphia students also made gains over the same period.

2022-23 PSSA Results for District Students Show Improvements in Math and Science, Stability for ELA; Keystone Results Show Declines in Algebra and Biology but Improvement in Literature

2022-23 PSSA Results for District Students Show Improvements in Math and Science, Stability for ELA; Keystone Results Show Declines in Algebra and Biology but Improvement in Literature

On November 8, 2023 PDE published the results of the state standardized tests administered in the 2022-23 school year. Although proficiency rates for SDP students are lower than statewide rates, SDP students’ year-over-year results align with the statewide results, and we see overall signs of post-pandemic improvement, especially in grades 3-8 math and science.

2021-22 PSSA and Keystone Results for District Students Highlight Areas for Post-Covid Recovery and Growth

2021-22 PSSA and Keystone Results for District Students Highlight Areas for Post-Covid Recovery and Growth

The 2021-22 school year was the first year that the PSSAs and Keystones were administered normally since 2018-19 (pre-pandemic). In late November, PDE published the results of the state standardized tests administered in the 2021-22 school year.

Summary of District-Wide Assessments Administered to SDP Students During the 2020-21 School Year

Summary of District-Wide Assessments Administered to SDP Students During the 2020-21 School Year

This brief describes which District-wide tests, among those regularly administered by the Office of Assessment each year, were administered during the mostly virtual 2020-21 school year. For those tests that were administered, details on about student participation are provided.

K-12 Student Participation and Performance in Math and Literacy Assessments during the 2020-21 mostly virtual school year

K-12 Student Participation and Performance in Math and Literacy Assessments during the 2020-21 mostly virtual school year

These four slide decks provide a District-level overview of K-12 student participation and performance on the aimswebPlus and Star math and literacy assessments. During the 2020-21 school year, aimswebPlus was administered 3 times (fall, winter, and spring) in grades K-5 and Star was administered 4 times in grades 6-8 and 3 times in grades 9-12.

About Star Assessments

About Star Assessments

The District uses Star data to track 6-12th grade proficiency and growth over time. This post explains STAR administration and domains, as well as how we use the data.

Assessment Overview: 2020-21

Assessment Overview: 2020-21

An outline of all major assessments that SDP students take in grades K through 12 during the 2020-21 school year.

K-12 Student Participation and Performance on aimswebPlus and Star Assessments, Fall 2019 and Fall 2020

K-12 Student Participation and Performance on aimswebPlus and Star Assessments, Fall 2019 and Fall 2020

Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, the School District of Philadelphia required that formative assessments in reading and math be administered in all grades in all schools.  The aimswebPlus assessment is required for grades K-5 and the Star assessment is required for grades 6-12.  In addition, aimswebPlus is being administered to eligible special education students…

2020-21 Assessment Calendar now publicly available on the Office of Assessment website

2020-21 Assessment Calendar now publicly available on the Office of Assessment website

The most up-to-date version of the 2020-21 Assessment calendar is now available at https://www.philasd.org/era/assessment/calendar/.

New Research Brief on English Learners' Growth toward Proficiency in Grades 6-12 in SDP

New Research Brief on English Learners’ Growth toward Proficiency in Grades 6-12 in SDP

This 9-page ORE research brief provides an overview of English Learners in grades 6-12 and their progress toward meeting their ACCESS growth targets.