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Analysis of AimswebPlus Subtest Performance for K-3 Students, Fall 2020

Analysis of AimswebPlus Subtest Performance for K-3 Students, Fall 2020

Posted on February 19, 2021
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Categories: Early Literacy, Effective Instruction

In order to track student progress more frequently than the once-per-year PSSA, SDP has identified within-year “leading indicators” of student performance. We find that, in order to reach the goal of 62% proficiency on the PSSA, there must be an increase in the percentage of students in grades K-3 (both overall and by student subgroup) who score at or above grade-level on aimswebPlus, the Districts’s within-year reading assessment.

Four Reports on the Implementation and Effectiveness of SNAP-Ed Community Partnerships

Four Reports on the Implementation and Effectiveness of SNAP-Ed Community Partnerships

Posted on February 19, 2021
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Categories: Health & Nutrition, School Supports

This series of four reports is the result of a case study process evaluation of the SNAP-Ed nutrition education partnership, Eat Right Philly (ERP), conducted in 2018-19. The reports focus on the implementation and effectiveness of SNAP-Ed community partnerships.

Findings from the 2019-20 End-of-Year Reading Specialists Survey

Findings from the 2019-20 End-of-Year Reading Specialists Survey

In spring 2020, the Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) administered an end-of-year survey to the 38 SDP Reading Specialists. ORE received 34 completed surveys (a response rate of 89%), and the surveys included 268 open-ended comments. This 17-page brief provides an overview of findings, including representative open-ended comments, from that survey.

Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL): 2019-20 Implementation Report

Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL): 2019-20 Implementation Report

Posted on February 16, 2021
Categories: Effective Instruction, English Learners, Equity
The Quality Teaching for English Learners™ initiative is a research-based professional development program for teachers, coaches, and school leadership devoted to improving educator capacity to support the linguistic and academic development of English Learners (ELs) and other students needing to develop academic uses of English. In 2019-20, the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) implemented the...
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.

Assessing Student Performance Before and During Virtual Learning: A Cohort Comparison of Student Performance

Assessing Student Performance Before and During Virtual Learning: A Cohort Comparison of Student Performance

Posted on February 1, 2021
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Categories: Early Literacy, Effective Instruction, Equity

This 24-page report compares performance in reading and math assessments for the same set of students over time. The main metric used in this report is the National Percentile Rank (NPR). NPR is a norm-referenced measure that compares student performance to a national sample of students.

T3 Teach Plus: Two-Year Changes in Early Literacy Performance

T3 Teach Plus: Two-Year Changes in Early Literacy Performance

Posted on January 14, 2021
Categories: Early Literacy, Effective Instruction

This 38-page report examines the literacy performance of K-3 students receiving the T3 Teach Plus intervention prior to implementation (2016-17) and two years after implementation (2018-19). It also compares the performance of students in T3 schools to that of students in matched comparison schools.

Feedback about Digital Learning from Non-Instructional School-Based Staff: Results from the Fall 2020 Survey

Feedback about Digital Learning from Non-Instructional School-Based Staff: Results from the Fall 2020 Survey

Posted on December 30, 2020
Categories: Effective Instruction, Effective Teachers & Leaders, School Reopening

This six-page brief reviews feedback collected from a survey about digital learning administered to non-instructional school-based staff.

Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT) Evaluation Report,  2018-19 to 2019-20

Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT) Evaluation Report, 2018-19 to 2019-20

The final evaluation report on Academic Parent-Teacher Teams, a family engagement program aimed at addressing family-school partnerships by improving parent-teacher conferences in a way that expands collaboration between school and home.

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

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

Posted on December 8, 2020
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Categories: Equity, Family Engagement, System Trends

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.