Reports and Briefs

The Office of Research and Evaluation produces reports and briefs as part of its program evaluations and internal research activities. Reports are intended to guide and inform both District faculty and staff as well as the general public. Below you will find all publicly-released Research and Evaluation reports, beginning with those released during the 2017-2018 school year and spanning back to the 2013-2014 school year. For reports released before the 2013-2014 school year, please visit our Report Archive [Link Forthcoming].*

*Thank you for your patience as we reload reports from prior years onto this website.*

2018-19 School Year

August 2019 – Summary of Major Projects in the Office of Evaluation, Research, and Accountability, 2018-19

August 2019 – Twelfth Grade Attendance, 2017-18 (5-page Data Brief)

July 2019 – On-Track but Vulnerable: 9th Grade Warning Signs of 10th Grade Struggles (10-page Issue Brief)

July 2019 – The School Health Index: Selected Findings on Physical Activity and Physical Education (5-page Research Brief)

July 2019 – K-2 Summer Learning Loss (5-page Issue Brief)

July 2019 – Perceptions of Instruction and 9th Grade On-Track Rates (3-page DWS Focus Brief)

July 2019 – Demographic Characteristics of Teachers, 2018-19 (4-page AG3 Issue Brief)

May 2019 – Blended Learning Initiative Year 2 Report, 2017-18 (Research Report)

May 2019 – Teacher-Identified Practices of Effective Literacy Coaching (7-page AG2 Research Brief)

April 2019 – Analysis of 9th Grade 2013-14 and 2014-15 CTE Cohorts (Slide Deck)

April 2019 – 2017-18 Senior Exit Survey District Summary (Slide-Deck)

April 2019 – 2017-18 EOP Senior Exit Survey Summary (Slide Deck)

April 2019 – Key Findings from the 2017-18 Literacy and Learning Centers Evaluation Report (3-page Summary)

April 2019 – 2017-18 Literacy and Learning Centers Evaluation Report

March 2019 – Suspensions Trends in the School District of Philadelphia, 2015-16 to 2017-18 (Research Report)

March 2019 – Graduation Rates for First Time 9th Grade Students in 2014-15 and Matriculation Rates for 2018 Graduates (10-page Research Brief)

March 2019 – Demographic Characteristics of Students attending District and Charter Schools, 2018-19 (3-page Data Brief)

February 2019 – Representativeness of the 2017-18 District-wide Student and Parent/Guardian Survey Results (6-page Focus Brief)

February 2019 – District-wide Survey Responses from Students, Teachers, and Parent/Guardians about School Safety and Climate, 2015-16 to 2017-18 (9-page Focus Brief)

February 2019 – Trends in Performance on the SPR from 2014-15 to 2017-18 (11-page Focus Brief)

February 2019 – Naviance Usage in SDP, 2016-17 and 2017-18 (Research Report)

January 2019 – Education of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness, Analysis of 2017-2018 Data (10-page Research Brief)

January 2019 – Principal Perceptions of Early Literacy Specialist Turnover, 2017-18 (4-page Research Brief)

January 2019 – Within-year Student Enrollment Trends, 2017-18 (5-page Research Brief)

January 2019 – Expanding School Breakfast Participation, 2017-18 (3-page Research Brief)

December 2018 – Early Literacy Coach Survey Findings, 2017-18 (4-page Research Brief)

December 2018 – Third Grade AIMSweb and PSSA Performance, Spring 2018 (3-page Issue Brief)

December 2018 – The School Health Index 2017-18 Progress & Results:  An Overview of Three Related Reports (8-page summary)

December 2018 – A Review of School Health Index Progress 2017-18 (Research Report)

December 2018- The School Health Index 2017-18: Challenges to Promoting Health and Wellness in SDP Schools (Research Report)

December 2018 – Are SDP Schools Meeting Wellness Policy Guidelines? Results from the School Health Index 2017-18 (Research Report)

December 2018- Barriers to On-Time Kindergarten Registration (3-page Research Brief)

December 2018 – District-wide Surveys Response Rate Summary (2-page Focus Brief)

November 2018 – District-wide Surveys Technical Report

October 2018 – Principal Experiences with Early Literacy Specialists Survey Results (Slide Deck)

October 2018 – K-3 Teacher Retention in the Early Literacy Initiative (6-page Focus Brief)

October 2018 – Project ARREST Final Evaluation Report 

September 2018 – Supporting Grade Nine: Early Trends in Student Outcomes at High Schools Implementing 9th Grade Interventions (Research Brief)

August 2018 – Summer Melt:  College Intentions vs. College Enrollment of 2017 SDP Seniors (Research Brief)

August 2018 – Implementing the Blended Learning Station Rotation Model in SDP: Best Practices from Two Schools (4 page Tip Sheet)

2017-18 School Year

August 2018 – Summary of Major Projects in the Office of Evaluation, Research, and Accountability, 2017-18

August 2018 – Second Step Year 3 Evaluation Report

August 2018 – Reading Specialists Implementation and Outcomes, 2016-2017 (Research Report)

July 2018 – Playworks TeamUp Model Evaluation

June 2018 – Early Literacy Specialist 2017‐2018 Teacher Survey Results (Slide Deck)

June 2018 – Early Literacy Summer Institute Professional Development 2015-2017 (Study Summary)

June 2018 – Early Literacy Summer Institute: Years 1-3 Summary (Full Report)

June 2018 – Selected Results from the 2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration Secretary Survey (Research Brief)

May 2018 – Defining 9th Grade Success – A New 9th Grade On Track Definition (2-page Focus Brief)

April 2018 – Teacher Perspectives on the Literacy and Learning Centers Project (Research Brief)

March 2018 – District-wide Survey Climate and PSSA Scores, 2016-17 (2-page Focus Brief)

March 2018 – Relationship between District-wide Survey Responses and Student Achievement, 2016-17

March 2018 – Pre-K Survey Results 2016-17 Summary Report

March 2018 – How to Read the Pre-K Survey Summary Report

March 2017 – AARP Experience Corps in SDP 2016-17 Study Summary

February 2018 – School Support Census 2016-17 Report

February 2018 – Grade 3 ELA PSSA Performance in SDP, 2014-15 to 2016-17

December 2017 – Qualitative Feedback on the ECYEH Program, 2016-17

December 2017 – ECYEH Program Services and Student Outcomes, 2016-17

November 2017 – Analysis of 9th Grade 2012-13 CTE Cohort

November 2017 – Senior Exit Survey Results

November 2017 – EOP Senior Exit Survey Results

November 2017 – ELA Benchmarks: Aiming for Sweet 16

November 2017 – Math Benchmarks:  Aiming for 18+

October 2017 – Kindergarten Attendance and Reading on Grade Level

September 2017 – Ninth Grade Attendance and Graduation


2016-2017 School Year

July 2017 – Teacher, Principal, and Student Perspectives on the Blended Learning Initiative

July 2017 Report – Evaluation of Playworks TeamUp

July 2017 – Second Step Year 2 Evaluation Report

April 2017 – Summary of Evaluation, Research, and Accountability (ERA) Work Prepared for the School Reform Commission 

March 2017 Study Summary – Factors Associated With 9th Grade Success: Analysis of First Time 2011-2012 9th Graders in SDP

March 2017 Study Summary – Early Literacy Specialists (ELS) in SDP: Program Implementation and Student Literacy Gains, 2015-2016 SY

March 2017 Study Summary – K-3 Reading Specialists: Program Implementation and Student Literacy Gains, 2015-2016 SY

March 2017 Study Summary – AARP Experience Corps in SDP: Program Implementation and Student Literacy Gains, 2015-2016 SY

March 2017 Study Summary – Suspension Trends in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) 2013-2014 to 2015-2016

March 2017 Study Summary – Climate Initiatives in SDP:  School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) and Restorative Practices (RP)

March 2017 Study Summary – The School District of Philadelphia Virtual Academy (PVA) Report 2015-2016 SY

March 2017 Study Summary – Education of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) in SDP Program Implementation and Outcomes, 2015-2016 SY

March 2017 Study Summary – Report on Survey Data from Cohort 1 Redesign Schools

March 2017 Study Summary – Year 2 Report On Transformation Schools

March 2017 Study Summary – Year 2 Report On Three New High Schools


2015-2016 School Year

October 2016 – School Support Census 2015-16 Report