Changing Requirements in Pennsylvania for High School Graduation: A Research Brief on Pennsylvania Act 158

Changing Requirements in Pennsylvania for High School Graduation: A Research Brief on Pennsylvania Act 158

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. Read our policy brief to learn about the history of this “high stakes” policy, how research shaped its evolution, and what researchers suggest are its implications for equity in Pennsylvania.

Recovering Credits in the School District of Philadelphia: High School Student Credit Recovery Utilization in 2018-19

Recovering Credits in the School District of Philadelphia: High School Student Credit Recovery Utilization in 2018-19


By: Molly Pileggi, Alyn Turner, Lindsey Liu, and Jason Fontana

November 2020

This study provides a snapshot of the district’s school-year credit recovery utilization—including eligibility, enrollment, and completion—using newly available data for high school students who entered the 2018–19 school year with a record of one or more failed courses.