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David Bamat; Sean Vannata; Lindsey Liu; Alyn Turner; Molly Schlesinger – Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, 2023
The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) serves a diverse population of English Learners (ELs) with different ethnic backgrounds, cultural identities, and languages spoken. SDP's population of ELs has grown significantly, from about 12,000 in 2014-15 to nearly 20,000 in 2022-23, an increase of 66%. This community-informed study focuses on English…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School Students, English Language Learners
Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, 2022
Beginning with the class of 2023, graduating Pennsylvania high school students will need to demonstrate career or postsecondary preparedness in addition to meeting existing statewide graduation requirements. Act 158 of 2018 outlines five pathways to meeting this requirement, including two that rely exclusively on Keystone Exam performance and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Graduation Requirements, Career Readiness, College Readiness
Vannata, Sean; Shaw-Amoah, Anna; Pileggi, Molly; Turner, Alyn; Schlesinger, Molly; Wills, Theodore; Reyes, Roland – Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, 2022
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 high school diploma. The new graduation requirements were enacted in 2018 by Pennsylvania's Act 158. They are intended to codify high standards for all students…
Descriptors: High School Students, Graduation Requirements, School Districts, Career Readiness
Pileggi, Molly; Turner, Alyn; Liu, Lindsey; Fontana, Jason – Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, 2020
Nationally, credit recovery has been used as a strategy to encourage and enable students to re-take previously failed courses needed to graduate. The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) offers both in-person and online options for recovering failed or missing credits required for graduation. This study provides a snapshot of the district's…
Descriptors: Required Courses, Repetition, Urban Schools, Eligibility
Wills, Ted; Neild, Ruth Curran; Pileggi, Molly – Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, 2019
School learning starts with school attendance. Students need to be in school to receive instruction and learn from their teachers and peers. When schools have high rates of poor attendance, their academic achievement levels suffer. Ninth grade is a critical juncture that comes with increased student autonomy -- and new pitfalls, including the…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 9, Attendance Patterns, Academic Achievement
Pileggi, Molly; Strouf, Kendra – Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, 2019
This brief is an addendum to an earlier report, "Getting on Track to Graduation" (see ED613890) published in May 2018 by the Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (Crofton and Neild, 2018). Focusing on two cohorts of first-time ninth grade students (the Classes of 2019 and 2020), Getting on Track to Graduation examined the extent to…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 9, Credits, Graduation Rate
Comly, Rachel; Fink, Ryan; Pierce, Jill; Flack, Adrianne – Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, 2019
The City of Philadelphia has identified improving early literacy as a key civic priority. The goal is to support children's literacy development in school, at home, and in the community--regardless of where students live or attend school in Philadelphia. For this reason, civic efforts have sought to engage families, communities, and the city's…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Charter Schools, Emergent Literacy, Primary Education
Steinberg, Matthew; Yang, Haisheng – Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, 2019
Public school districts in large cities like Philadelphia are especially challenged to provide every school with an effective school leader. Principal mobility--that is, transferring from one school to another or leaving the principalship entirely--is disproportionately concentrated in school districts serving more low-income students and has…
Descriptors: Principals, Faculty Mobility, Public Schools, School Districts
Steinberg, Matthew P.; Pileggi, Molly; Neild, Ruth – Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, 2019
Philadelphia offers an extensive array of public high school options for students, including charter schools, traditional schools, schools with selective admissions, and schools at which admission is based on residence (that is, neighborhood catchment zones). A large number of education options might benefit students by enabling them to find…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Mobility, Dropout Rate, Racial Differences
Comly, Rachel; Fink, Ryan; Mielke, Monica; Flack, Adrianne – Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, 2018
In Philadelphia, civic and education leaders have identified early literacy programming as critical for overall education improvement. Charter schools enroll about one third of all public school students in Philadelphia. This study seeks to understand how Philadelphia charter schools support their early readers and writers, in order to contribute…
Descriptors: Primary Education, Literacy Education, Charter Schools, Kindergarten
Slaughter, Austin; Neild, Ruth Curran; Crofton, Molly – Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, 2018
Ninth grade is a critical juncture for students--and can be a jarring transition. Even students a strong track record in the middle grades can experience academic difficulty, and those who enter high school with poor course grades, weak attendance, or behavior problems are especially at risk. An early misstep can have lasting implications:…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 9, At Risk Students, Potential Dropouts
Crofton, Molly; Neild, Ruth Curran – Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, 2018
Ninth grade is a critical juncture for students. Students who make a good transition to high school are likely to graduate within four years. Those who do not--who fail to earn as many credits as they should in ninth grade--face an elevated risk of dropping out of high school. To understand how well they are supporting ninth graders, more school…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 9, Credits, Graduation Requirements
Steinberg, Matthew P.; Neild, Ruth Curran; Canuette, W. Kyle; Park, Sharin; Schulman, Emily; Wright, Melissa – Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, 2018
Teachers are the most important influence in schools on student achievement, which makes attracting and retaining excellent teachers a high priority for all school districts. But public schools in large cities like Philadelphia are especially challenged to provide every student with a highly-effective teacher. Teacher mobility--that is,…
Descriptors: Faculty Mobility, Urban Schools, School Districts, Public Schools