Publications

Graduation in Philadelphia: 12 Key Questions

Graduation in Philadelphia: 12 Key Questions

The purpose of this FAQ is to share what PERC has learned and how our research has been used to help high school students. As high school students return to school buildings post-pandemic, we also talk about how research might be used next year to support equitable pathways to graduation.

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Student Mobility and Dropout in Philadelphia High Schools, 2013-14 through 2016-2017

Student Mobility and Dropout in Philadelphia High Schools, 2013-14 through 2016-2017


By: Matthew P. Steinberg, Molly Pileggi, and Ruth Neild

September 2019

This study uses four years of student-level data for all students enrolled in Philadelphia public high schools from the 2013-14 through 2016-17 school years. We examine the characteristics of mobile students and the types of schools they most commonly exit and enter as well as the characteristics of schools with higher rates of student mobility.

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Present from the Start: Ninth Grade Attendance Patterns in the School District of Philadelphia, 2015-2017

Present from the Start: Ninth Grade Attendance Patterns in the School District of Philadelphia, 2015-2017


By: Ted Wills, Ruth Curran Neild, Molly Pileggi

April 2019

This report studies attendance patterns of first-time SDP ninth graders during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. It examines the spread of overall attendance rates in these two student cohorts, patterns over the course of their ninth grade year, and how those patterns differ for students with different levels of academic achievement.

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Educating English Language Learners: Opportunities for Improved Infrastructure

Educating English Language Learners: Opportunities for Improved Infrastructure


By: Jeannette Rowland, Rebecca Reumann-Moore, Rosemary Hughes, Joshua Lin

June 2016

This brief examines the challenges schools face in these areas and the strategies they use to mediate them. The purpose of this brief is to share these strategies across schools and with the larger Philadelphia community, in order to help schools continue to improve ELL programming.

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