Philly schools seek public input on how to navigate dire straits

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Like a college professor facilitating a philosophical discussion, Hite broke the crowd up into more than a dozen large, round tables and asked this overarching question of questions: "What action should we take to get as many students as possible attending schools where at least 50% [of students] are reading and doing math at grade-level?"

For the sake of the discussion, this was Hite's definition of a "good" school – one where at least half the students scored "proficient" or better on state standardized tests in reading and math.

By this definition, as Hite pointed out in a slideshow presentation, the vast majority of Philadelphia's schools (both traditional public and charter) aren't "good."

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