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Trends in SDP Math PSSA Performance: 2015-16 to 2018-19

Trends in SDP Math PSSA Performance: 2015-16 to 2018-19

This report summarizes Math PSSA performance across four years (2015-16 through 2018-19).  In general, performance across the four years was characterized by incremental year-to-year improvements.

School-Level Student Attendance Patterns During Digital Learning, 2020-21

School-Level Student Attendance Patterns During Digital Learning, 2020-21

This report examines student attendance during in-person learning (September 2019 through February 2020) and compares it to student attendance during digital learning (September 2020 through February 2021).

The 2019-20 End-of-Year Report: A System-Level Summary of School Performance During a Year when Full School Progress Reports could not be Published

The 2019-20 End-of-Year Report: A System-Level Summary of School Performance During a Year when Full School Progress Reports could not be Published

The data included in this 21-page brief are a system-level summary of school performance according to the modified 2019-20 End-of-Year Reports.

Parent/Guardian Feedback on Digital Learning: Survey Feedback from Fall 2020

Parent/Guardian Feedback on Digital Learning: Survey Feedback from Fall 2020

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.

School Plans and Measurable Goals Summary, 2020-21

School Plans and Measurable Goals Summary, 2020-21

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.

Representativeness of the 2019-20 District-Wide Student and Parent/Guardian Survey Results

Representativeness of the 2019-20 District-Wide Student and Parent/Guardian Survey Results

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.

Trends in Performance on the Alternative Education Progress Report (AEPR) from 2016-17 to 2018-19

Trends in Performance on the Alternative Education Progress Report (AEPR) from 2016-17 to 2018-19

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.

K-12 Student Participation and Performance on aimswebPlus and Star Assessments, Fall 2019 and Fall 2020

K-12 Student Participation and Performance on aimswebPlus and Star Assessments, Fall 2019 and Fall 2020

Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, the School District of Philadelphia required that formative assessments in reading and math be administered in all grades in all schools.  The aimswebPlus assessment is required for grades K-5 and the Star assessment is required for grades 6-12.  In addition, aimswebPlus is being administered to eligible special education students...
Student Hunger and School Breakfast: Analysis of District-Wide Survey Results and School Breakfast Programs, 2018-19

Student Hunger and School Breakfast: Analysis of District-Wide Survey Results and School Breakfast Programs, 2018-19

In this study, we looked at how student responses to the District-Wide Survey (DWS) questions about eating breakfast relate to the availability of school breakfast programs. The results generally show that breakfast after the bell programs are associated with greater student participation and fewer students skipping breakfast. Additionally, the level of economic disadvantage was related to...
2019-20 District-Wide Survey Technical Report

2019-20 District-Wide Survey Technical Report

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.