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Graduation rate hits new high, but some groups still lag behind

By

Paul Socolar

on Jun 1, 2015 11:42 AM

The new study “A Promise Worth Keeping” examined seven cohorts of students through high school, starting with incoming 9th graders in 2002 and ending with 2008’s 9th graders.

The report shows how the citywide effort to boost the high school graduation rate led to steady progress over the last eight years. But while the overall rate at which Philadelphia's students are now graduating has never been higher, the report also provides data showing that many segments of the student population still trail their peers in graduating on time, putting them at greater risk of dropping out. 

Graduation rate for District schools at a new high - 70%

By

Paul Socolar

on May 22, 2015 02:08 PM

The School District’s graduation rate is continuing on a decade-long upward climb, despite the deep cutbacks that have hit schools over the last four years.

Neighborhood schools: Fragile gains at risk

By

Bill Hangley Jr.

on May 21, 2015 11:20 AM

The faces of young Philadelphia can be found sitting around a table in the sunny classroom of a neighborhood high school.

There’s a young woman from Bangladesh who loves learning, but who just two years ago spoke hardly any English.

There’s a young African American man who wants to be doctor, whose uncle once told him that he wasn’t college material.

More students re-engaging, but resources are scarce

By

Paul Jablow

on May 20, 2015 09:45 AM

For Chanel Butler, the lightbulb went on while she was sitting in a jail cell.

For Mario Torres, it happened when he was in his state representative’s office and someone there heard him talking about going for his GED.

For Nyshai Benson, it came when her options narrowed sharply. Her mother, tired of her hanging out and doing nothing, threw her out.

What’s working? What’s not?

By

Dale Mezzacappa

on May 20, 2015 08:15 AM

The on-time high school graduation rate in Philadelphia has risen from 52 to 65 percent over the last eight years. A new report shows that the most rapid progress has been among traditionally at-risk groups including Black males, Hispanics, students in foster care, and those involved in the juvenile justice system.

Smaller high schools give graduation rates a boost

By

Connie Langland

on May 18, 2015 10:01 AM

At Kensington Creative & Performing Arts High School, junior Gina Rodriguez said, she has found a place where she can be creative, express herself, and confide in teachers when she feels overwhelmed.

The principal, Lisette Agosto-Cintron, said the school is so small that everybody knows everybody.

Chart: 2014 on-time graduation and college-going rates

By the Notebook on May 18, 2015 10:03 AM

The on-time school-level graduation rates shown here are from the 2013-14 School Progress Reports (SPR) published by the School District of Philadelphia. Rates shown are the percentage of students in the first-time 9th-grade cohort of 2010 who graduate within four years (excluding those who transfer out of the District).

Nutter is ‘pleased,’ but not satisfied, with grad-rate gains

By

Dan Hardy

on May 18, 2015 09:58 AM

Nearing the end of his second term, Mayor Nutter can chalk up among his achievements a 13-point increase in the percentage of Philadelphia high school students getting a diploma. Raising the high school graduation rate to 80 percent by 2015 was one of his main goals when he took office in 2008.

At Building 21, tech makes learning personal

By

Dale Mezzacappa and Allison Welton

on Apr 3, 2015 01:00 PM

Building 21 is one of three innovative high schools started this year designed to transform the educational experience for students. After a year of planning, it opened in September to its first class of more than 100 9th graders.

High School of the Future: A learning experience

By

Dale Mezzacappa and Allison Welton

on Apr 2, 2015 11:31 AM

When math teacher Eros Uthman-Olukokun joined the High School of the Future faculty in the summer of 2013, he was overwhelmed.

Every student had a laptop, and all academic materials were online. Accustomed to paper, pencils, and textbooks, Uthman-Olukokun suddenly had to do everything differently.

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