A+ Schools Finds Much Needing Improvement in Pittsburgh Public Schools

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

In delivering A+ Schools' eighth annual report today on academic achievement in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, executive director Carey Harris said it marked the first time she had delivered so much bad news.

The racial achievement gap, which narrowed for the past three years, widened this year, increasing 1.3 percentage points to 31.0 percent in reading and increased 3.6 percentage points to 30.9 percent in math.

The graduation rate decreased from 70 percent to 68.5 percent and the number of seniors who earned a 2.5 or higher grade point average -- the total needed to qualify for Pittsburgh Promise scholarships -- dropped 1 percentage point to 58 percent of all students. For black students, the number dropped 4 percentage points to 39 percent.

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