Month: February 2013

Updated School Closing Analyses

RFA has updated its analyses of school closings in the School District of Philadelphia to include 26 schools slated for closure and three that will be consolidated. It is intended to inform the current conversation by providing a comparison of closing and receiving schools using:

  • One year of PSSA data (school year 2011-12), and
  • Each school’s current Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status.

RFA found that the majority of proposed closing and receiving schools posted similar scores in reading and math. In examining performance based on current AYP status, RFA found that 40 percent of receiving schools are better-performing; 25 percent are worse; and 35 percent are similar.

RFA Releases New School Closing Analysis

Research for Action’s analysis of the School District of Philadelphia’s revised school closing plan is intended to inform the current conversation by providing a comparison of closing and receiving schools using:

  • One year of PSSA data (school year 2011-12), and
  • Each school’s current Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status.

RFA found that the majority of proposed closing and receiving schools posted similar scores in reading and math. In examining performance based on current AYP status, RFA found that 40 percent of receiving schools are better-performing; 25 percent are worse; and 35 percent are similar.

RFA’s Kate Shaw Testifying before Phila. City Council

RFA’s executive director, Kate Shaw, will deliver testimony to Philadelphia City Council today. The City Council hearing focuses on the School District of Philadelphia’s proposed plan to close 37 schools throughout the city. RFA will provide Council with a critically important perspective — what rigorous, objective research on school closings nationally can teach us as District and city officials consider the plan to close schools locally.

You can read RFA’s testimony here, and read our school closing analysis here.