In fall 2020, all School District of Philadelphia (SDP) students in grades K-12 attended school virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and students in grades K-5 took the within-year aimswebPlus Reading and Math assessments while students in grades 6-12 took the within-year Star Reading and Math assessments. In fall 2021, students returned to school in person, and grades K-12 took the within-year Star Reading and Math assessments.
Star includes an additional performance group, and the process of categorizing students into performance groups differs between aimswebPlus and Star. This set of reports compares student participation and performance on SDP’s within-year reading and math assessments in fall 2020 and fall 2021 given this context.
The first report compares performance and participation on the within-year reading assessments for K-12 students in fall 2020 and fall 2021.
Key findings include:
- Participation in the within-year reading assessments increased by five percentage points from fall 2020 to fall 2021.
- Across all student groups, the percentage of K-5 students who scored in the At or Above Benchmark performance group declined from fall 2020 to fall 2021.
- In comparison, across all student groups, the percentage of grades 6-12 students who scored in the At or Above Benchmark performance group stayed consistent between fall 2020 and fall 2021.