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Changing the Finish Line: Implications of new graduation requirements in the School District of Philadelphia

Changing the Finish Line: Implications of new graduation requirements in the School District of Philadelphia

Beginning with the class of 2023, Pennsylvania high school students will need to demonstrate career or postsecondary preparedness to meet statewide graduation requirements and receive a diploma. This Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC) publication examines Pennsylvania’s new graduation requirements (Act 158), including the results of an analysis using historical District data to explore potential impacts for school communities. 

2021-22 School Selection: Applications, Admission Offers, and Student Acceptances by Internal and External Students Applying to Grades K-12

2021-22 School Selection: Applications, Admission Offers, and Student Acceptances by Internal and External Students Applying to Grades K-12

This brief extends an ongoing series of reports examining SDP’s 2021-22 school selection process, offering a summary of the number of external and internal K-12 applicants to SDP schools.

2021-22 School Selection in SDP

2021-22 School Selection in SDP

In the fall of the 2021-22 school year, five substantive changes were made to the School Selection Process, particularly with respect to rising ninth graders applying to criteria-based high schools for the 2022-23 school year. This series of reports provides a summary of eighth grade student qualifications and applications (report 1), initial lottery-based offers of admission (report 2), offers of admission after the waitlist process and student acceptances (report 3), applications and outcomes for external and internal K-12 applicants (report 4), and fall 2022 student enrollment in criteria-based schools (forthcoming).

English Learner (EL) Enrollment Trends in the School District of Philadelphia: 2015-16 to 2019-20

English Learner (EL) Enrollment Trends in the School District of Philadelphia: 2015-16 to 2019-20

The School District of Philadelphia’s English Learner (EL) population includes students from over 130 countries who speak over 100 different languages. By tracking the enrollment trends of ELs in the District, we can identify Learning Networks that have growing EL populations and allocate resources to accommodate for the programs and supports that benefit ELs.

Summary of 2020-21 High School Graduation Rates in Philadelphia

Summary of 2020-21 High School Graduation Rates in Philadelphia

As one of the primary measures of students’ college and career readiness, the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) closely monitors graduation rates each year. This brief explores graduation rates across public schools in the city of Philadelphia in 2020-21, comparing trends for District, Alternative, and Charter schools.

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.

Philadelphia Public School Enrollment, 2020-21 and 2021-22

Philadelphia Public School Enrollment, 2020-21 and 2021-22

This brief explores 2021-22 student enrollment patterns at District, Alternative, Charter, and Cyber Charter schools in Philadelphia, including by school admission type and student demographics, as well as changes in those patterns over time.

Education of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (Analysis of 2020-21 Data)

Education of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (Analysis of 2020-21 Data)

In collaboration with other city agencies, such as Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services, ECYEH priorities include tracking the number of homeless students and providing support such as school enrollment assistance, vouchers for uniforms, transportation passes, and additional funding for school supplies. This brief provides information about progress toward the goals of the ECYEH grant program and priorities of SDP staff.

Where do 9th Graders go to School? An Analysis of Home Zip Codes and 9th Grade School Enrollment, 2017-18 to 2020-21

Where do 9th Graders go to School? An Analysis of Home Zip Codes and 9th Grade School Enrollment, 2017-18 to 2020-21

This brief looks at geographical trends in enrollment at SDP high schools from 2017-18 to 2020-21 by examining the relationships between two key variables: 1) which SDP high schools first time 9th graders enroll in and 2) those students’ home zip codes.

2020-21 Senior Exit Survey: District-Level Report

2020-21 Senior Exit Survey: District-Level Report

District-level report on findings from a 2020 survey of exiting seniors about whether they plan to obtain additional education, secure employment, or pursue other activities after graduation.