Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SDP began the 2020-21 school year with a 100% digital learning model. The Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) created and administered a survey for SDP parents and guardians to gather feedback about digital learning during the first months of the school year. This report describes the survey’s administration and respondents, and it provides an overview of results along with excerpts of representative open-ended comments.
Every year, each school in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) participates in a standardized schoolwide planning process. This involves completing a needs assessment, identifying the root causes of those needs, and creating a budget and subsequent action plan to address the identified needs. This six-page brief outlines the school priorities and goals identified during the planning process for the 2020-21 school year, which took place from February to August 2020.
Each spring, the Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) administers the District-Wide Survey (DWS) to gather feedback from parents/guardians, teachers, students, and principals about key areas tied to school improvement. In 2019-20, ORE developed and administered an additional survey for school-based staff. This slide deck provides an overview of their responses.
The District-Wide Survey (DWS) program measures five key topics related to school improvement—climate, instruction, leadership, professional capacity, and parent/guardian-community ties, while allowing respondents to share their perspectives and provide feedback about how they experience and perceive their schools. This research brief answers two questions about the representativeness, or external validity, of the student and parent/guardian responses from 2019-20.
SDP’s Alternative Education Progress Report (AEPR) provides a high-level overview of how our alternative education programs are performing in the areas, or domains, that matter the most for student success, and it includes reports designed to evaluate the metrics most relevant to each school model and purpose. This brief analyzes data from 2016-17 to 2018-19 to identify trends by report type and domain.
This report describes the framework that guided survey development, the administration of the surveys, the processes of survey reliability testing and validation, and the construction of school-level scores for reports. This version reflects new updates.
We are gathering information from a variety of sources about how digital learning is going. This document provides a summary of the questions that we’re asking across five main topics.
A summary of school-level and student-level trends within each SPR performance tier from 2014-15 through 2018-19.