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Performance of K-3 Students who Received Support from a Reading Specialist in 2019-20

Performance of K-3 Students who Received Support from a Reading Specialist in 2019-20

This brief summarizes the performance of students who received support from a Reading Specialist before the transition to digital learning and support, from October 2019 (fall) to February 2020 (winter).

Literacy and Learning Centers: Cohort 3 (2019-20) Evaluation

Literacy and Learning Centers: Cohort 3 (2019-20) Evaluation

An evaluation of the implementation and impact of the Literacy and Learning Centers project.

Assessment Participation and Reading and Math Performance of K-8 Students Receiving Special Education Services

Assessment Participation and Reading and Math Performance of K-8 Students Receiving Special Education Services

This brief analyzes the percentage of students who were reading in Tier 1/At Target by Special Education status, grade level, and primary disability in Winter 2020-21.

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.

Assessing Student Performance Before and During Virtual Learning

Assessing Student Performance Before and During Virtual Learning

This 24-page report compares performance in reading and math assessments for the same set of students over time. The main metric used in this report is the National Percentile Rank (NPR). NPR is a norm-referenced measure that compares student performance to a national sample of students.

Examples of Successful Online Instruction in Ten Schools: Fall 2020

Examples of Successful Online Instruction in Ten Schools: Fall 2020

Findings from more than 100 virtual classroom observations in October and November 2020.

Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) Summer Institute: 2020-21 Implementation Report

Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) Summer Institute: 2020-21 Implementation Report

This 16-page brief focuses on the 2020-21 Summer Institute, designed to to provide teachers with a firm foundation of theoretical understanding and corresponding strategies for teaching conceptual, analytic and disciplinary language practices academic language to all students.

Blended Learning Initiative Report: Cohort 2, Year 2 (2019-20)

Blended Learning Initiative Report: Cohort 2, Year 2 (2019-20)

In 2018-19, the School District of Philadelphia chose a new cohort of classrooms at 32 schools to receive support implementing the Blended Learning Initiative (BLI). These schools joined an existing cohort of classrooms at 39 schools selected to participate in Year 1 of the initiative in 2016-17. This 15-page report responds to three primary research questions as they relate to Cohort 2 Year 2 of BLI.

Findings from the 2019-20 End-of-Year Reading Specialists Survey

Findings from the 2019-20 End-of-Year Reading Specialists Survey

In spring 2020, the Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) administered an end-of-year survey to the 38 SDP Reading Specialists. ORE received 34 completed surveys (a response rate of 89%), and the surveys included 268 open-ended comments. This 17-page brief provides an overview of findings, including representative open-ended comments, from that survey.

Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL): 2019-20 Implementation Report

Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL): 2019-20 Implementation Report

In 2019-20, the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) implemented the QTEL initiative with 115 teachers in grades 6-12 from 29 SDP schools. This 45-page report reviews all components of SDP’s QTEL implementation in 2019-20.