Alternative Education Progress Reports

Overview:

The Alternative Education Progress Report (AEPR) is an innovative tool designed to provide a high-level overview of how our alternative programs are performing. The AEPR reflects our core belief that all students deserve to attend great schools and that we must hold ourselves to a standard of equitable educational excellence. The AEPR enables us to both see whether we are meeting this standard, and to track progress and growth of students against the District’s anchor goals (outlined in Action Plan).

There are four different versions of the AEPR, each intended to evaluate performance on metrics that are most relevant to the type of program and its unique purpose:

  • Accelerated – programs that allow students who are overage and under-credited to get back on track. Students in accelerated high school programs are able to graduate within three years or less. Students in accelerated middle school programs are able to get back on track and eventually graduate from high school with their age-appropriate cohort.
  • AEDY – Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth programs are designed for students who have committed serious Code of Conduct violations. Students enroll in an AEDY Transition program, through disciplinary transfer, after a determination is made through a due process hearing conducted by the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities.  AEDY programs assist such students with transitioning back to non-disciplinary schools.
  • Continuation – programs that serve middle grade students in need of smaller school settings that provide intensive academic and social supports
  • Dual Enrollment – programs that allow students to earn credits towards their high school diploma and a college degree simultaneously
  • EOP – Educational Options Programs allow those who are older than 17 years of age (no upper age limit), have earned more than 8 high school credits prior to enrolling, and are not currently enrolled in a regular day school to continue earning credits towards a high school diploma.

Key Features of the AEPR:

  • Looks at alternative programs across multiple dimensions, reflecting the unique purposes and designs of these programs
  • Evaluates programs against performance targets established in program contracts
  • Identifies areas for which programs are near, but not yet reaching, the established targets

Purpose and Use:

  • To identify and celebrate successes
  • To evaluate performance against contract targets
  • To enable evidence-based decisions about intervention, replication, renewal, and expansion
  • To track progress against the Action Plan anchor goals

If you have any questions or require additional information regarding the Alternative Education Progress Report, please contact us at performanceframework@philasd.org.