GreatPhillySchools (“GPS”) uses the most current data available in developing its school ratings. As newer information becomes available in any or all categories, GPS will frequently update the ratings to reflect the new data.
Academic Ratings (Math and Reading Ratings): Public school ratings, including public charter schools, are derived from results on Pennsylvania System of School Assessment standardized tests (PSSAs) administered in Spring 2016 for elementary and middle schools. For public high schools, scores are derived from the Keystone exams, administered during the 2015-2016 academic year. Raw data measures the percentage of students at or above grade level in math and reading. Catholic school ratings are derived from results on the TerraNova exam - a standardized, norm-referenced assessment administered in Spring 2016, measuring the percentage of students at or above grade level or above in math and reading.
In most cases, academic ratings are not issued for non-Catholic private schools either because: (1) they do not administer the PSSA or TerraNova; or (2) they have not provided their standardized test data to GPS.
Please note: No PASA/Keystone exam scores were included in the PSSA Proficiency data used to calculate GPS ratings.
Attendance Ratings: Public school ratings are derived from average daily attendance reports submitted by schools to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the 2014-15 academic year. Private school ratings are derived from average daily attendance reports submitted by schools directly to GPS for the 2014-15 academic year.
Safety Ratings: Public school ratings are derived from the total number of reportable incidents reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the 2015-16 academic year. Private school ratings are derived from similar reports submitted by schools to GPS for the 2015-16 academic year.
For public schools, a reportable incident includes one or more acts of misconduct, involving one or more offenders violating criteria defined Pennsylvania Act 26 of 1995. Reportable incidents include serious criminal violations such as rape and aggravated assault, as well as much broader types of violations such as bullying, fighting and minor altercations. It also includes behavior that violates a school's educational mission, climate of respect, or jeopardizes the intent of the school to be free of aggression against persons or property, drugs, weapons, disruptions and disorder.
To view a safety report for a particular public school, see the Pennsylvania Safe Schools Reports.
Achievement Gap Ratings: Public school ratings are derived from results on PSSAs and Keystones, both administered in the 2015-2016 academic year— comparing results for students in a school who are deemed economically disadvantaged vs. results for those students who are not economically disadvantaged. An achievement gap rating is calculated only in schools that have at least 40 students falling into each group. GPS is unable to calculate an achievement gap for schools administering the TerraNova because the socioeconomic status data is not comparable to the data for public schools. The achievement gap score is not incorporated into the overall ratings.
College Bound: Public school college matriculation rates are derived from the rates released by the School District of Philadelphia in the 2015-16 School Progress Report. These figures capture the percentage of annual graduates who enroll in any postsecondary institution in the first fall following their graduation date. GPS includes this data for private schools when available.
High School Graduation: Public school graduation rates are four-year “cohort” rates for the class of 2016—measuring what percent of a school’s 9th graders graduated four years later, after adjusting for transfers in and transfers out (students transferring from one school to another). The data source for public schools is the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This information is reported for private schools when available.
Other Data: Other figures on GreatPhillySchools were provided by the schools themselves or by the School District. These include demographic and enrollment information, as well as Advanced Placement participation rates and SAT scores.
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