Members of the Caucus of Working Educators question whether it will lead to more learning or inflate the graduation rate.
The good news is that the number of Philadelphia high school students who graduate and enroll in college is on the rise. The bad news? Only one in five get a degree.
While graduation rates are still low, most of these high schools have seen increases. But they are hardest hit by District turmoil and budget-cutting.
Within four years of starting at a District high school, about one of every five students ends up in an alternative program. The graduation rates are still low.
Researchers and advocates are trying to better understand why more Philadelphia students are graduating.
Since 2000, the number of options has grown. More students are choosing schools where it’s harder to fall through the cracks.
Seventy percent of students now finish high school within 6 years. But that falls short of the goal the mayor set when he took office in 2008.