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Classroom Modernizations: Cohort 5 (2021-22) Evaluation

Classroom Modernizations: Cohort 5 (2021-22) Evaluation

In the summer of 2021, the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) redesigned 133 pre-kindergarten to third-grade classrooms into interactive learning environments. Physical renovations and classroom set-ups were completed by the start of the 2021-22 school year. This was the fifth cohort of classrooms to receive renovations and accompanying professional development sessions and materials. This report uses teacher survey data to evaluate teacher satisfaction with the project and perceived benefits to instructional practices and student outcomes.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Scores on the District-Wide Survey and School Trends, 2020-21

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Scores on the District-Wide Survey and School Trends, 2020-21

In spring 2021, new questions related to the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) were added to the District-Wide Surveys. This is the second report exploring these survey responses from 2020-21.

Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT) 2021-22 Implementation Brief

Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT) 2021-22 Implementation Brief

Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) is a family engagement program aimed at strengthening family-school partnerships. During meetings held three times a year, teachers share student data, guide data-driven conversations, and provide parents/guardians with timely information and academic resources to support student learning. In this research brief, we looked at implementation of APTT at six schools during the 2021-22 school year.

An Analysis of How Enrollment Demographics, School Climate, and School Staffing are Related to Academic Performance

An Analysis of How Enrollment Demographics, School Climate, and School Staffing are Related to Academic Performance

When selecting which data to use to monitor progress towards the Board’s Goals & Guardrails, the School District of Philadelphia used prior research that identified relationships between certain data points and school-level outcomes. The selected data points reflect a broad range of specific, measurable characteristics of schools, but they can also be seen as three distinct “sets” of data points reflecting enrollment demographics, school staffing, and school climate. This brief seeks to identify which sets of predictor variables best predict the academic outcome variables and, therefore, provide the best “signals” for identifying groups of schools with common underlying root causes.

Responses to New Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Questions on the District-Wide Survey, 2020-21

Responses to New Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Questions on the District-Wide Survey, 2020-21

New questions related to the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) were added to the District-Wide Surveys in spring 2021 to better understand the perspectives and experiences of parents/guardians, students, teachers, principals/assistant principals, and support staff. This report examines how each group responded to the new DEI questions and how responses differed by respondent demographic characteristics.

Budget Priorities for the 2022-23 School Year: Survey Results

Budget Priorities for the 2022-23 School Year: Survey Results

In Spring 2022 the Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) surveyed School District of Philadelphia (SDP) stakeholders about what supports should be prioritized in the budget for the 2022-23 school year. This slide deck provides an overview of feedback and responses.

2021 Summer Programs in SDP:  Offerings, Attendance, Survey Results, and Recommendations

2021 Summer Programs in SDP: Offerings, Attendance, Survey Results, and Recommendations

In summer 2021, the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) offered a series of virtual and in person summer programs for students who had completed grades PreK-12. In response to students experiencing digital and hybrid learning from March 2020 – June 2021, summer 2021 programming offerings were expanded from previous summers. Nearly 16,000 students enrolled in summer programming, over 12,000 students attended a program for at least one day, and nearly 6,000 students attended at least one program for 75% or more of days.

Summary of Student Responses from the 2021 Philadelphia Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Summary of Student Responses from the 2021 Philadelphia Youth Risk Behavior Survey

As part of the Promoting Adolescent Student Health (PASH) grant, the Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) administers the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) every other year. In spring 2021, the YRBS was administered to a random sample of high school students at 30 randomly selected School District of Philadelphia (SDP) schools, and the CDC compiled a summary of the results.

School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS): Five-year School-wide Outcome Trends

School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS): Five-year School-wide Outcome Trends

This report examines changes in school-wide outcomes from 2014-15 to 2018-19 for schools that first implemented PBIS in 2014-15 and similar non-PBIS schools. The school-wide outcomes include data on attendance, suspensions, violent and serious incidents, sense of belonging and school safety, and ELA and Math PSSA performance. Overall patterns reveal that, in general, PBIS schools...
School Support Census: 2019-20

School Support Census: 2019-20

Results from an annual survey designed to identify the number and nature of external supports in place at each SDP school. This report summarizes District-level findings from the fourth administration of the Census.