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Philadelphia City School District

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440 North Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Philadelphia County
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PH: (215) 400-4000

  • Grades PK, 1-12 & ungraded
  • 166,233 students
  • 275 schools

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 PSSA Results

Scale: % at or above proficient

Grade 3

Reading
 45% (2012)
 58% (2011)
 53% (2010)
 54% (2009)
 52% (2008)
 47% (2007)
The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

Math
 49% (2012)
 67% (2011)
 67% (2010)
 60% (2009)
 55% (2008)
 52% (2007)
The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 4

Reading
 42% (2012)
 52% (2011)
 50% (2010)
 47% (2009)
 43% (2008)
 43% (2007)
The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

Science
 49% (2012)
 57% (2011)
 53% (2010)
 54% (2009)
The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

Math
 56% (2012)
 68% (2011)
 66% (2010)
 61% (2009)
 55% (2008)
 53% (2007)
The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 5

Reading
 35% (2012)
 46% (2011)
 40% (2010)
 40% (2009)
 36% (2008)
 32% (2007)
The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

Writing
 32% (2012)
 40% (2011)
 35% (2010)
 32% (2009)
 28% (2008)
 26% (2007)
The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

Math
 45% (2012)
 57% (2011)
 52% (2010)
 52% (2009)
 50% (2008)
 45% (2007)
The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 6

Reading
 42% (2012)
 45% (2011)
 45% (2010)
 43% (2009)
 40% (2008)
 37% (2007)
The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

Math
 52% (2012)
 61% (2011)
 57% (2010)
 54% (2009)
 50% (2008)
 47% (2007)
The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 7

Reading
 52% (2012)
 56% (2011)
 53% (2010)
 50% (2009)
 48% (2008)
 41% (2007)
The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

Math
 56% (2012)
 59% (2011)
 57% (2010)
 54% (2009)
 48% (2008)
 40% (2007)
The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 8

Reading
 58% (2012)
 63% (2011)
 67% (2010)
 62% (2009)
 56% (2008)
 49% (2007)
The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

Science
 24% (2012)
 26% (2011)
 26% (2010)
 22% (2009)
The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

Writing
 48% (2012)
 50% (2011)
 52% (2010)
 47% (2009)
 41% (2008)
 46% (2007)
The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

Math
 52% (2012)
 57% (2011)
 56% (2010)
 51% (2009)
 49% (2008)
 44% (2007)
The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 11

Reading
 43% (2012)
 44% (2011)
 43% (2010)
 38% (2009)
 37% (2008)
 35% (2007)
The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

Science
 16% (2012)
 16% (2011)
 16% (2010)
 15% (2009)
The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

Writing
 63% (2012)
 67% (2011)
 64% (2010)
 64% (2009)
 71% (2008)
 72% (2007)
The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

Math
 38% (2012)
 38% (2011)
 36% (2010)
 32% (2009)
 33% (2008)
 31% (2007)
The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

About the Tests

  • In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science.
  • The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles.
  • The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania.
  • The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

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 PSSA Results By Subgroup

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Scale: % at or above proficient

Grade 3
ReadingThis District
All Students45%
Female50%
Male40%
Black38%
Asian65%
Hispanic39%
Multi-ethnic50%
Native American73%
White66%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
English language learners21%

MathThis District
All Students49%
Female51%
Male48%
Black41%
Asian78%
Hispanic46%
Multi-ethnic58%
Native American60%
White71%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
English language learners37%
Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 4
ReadingThis District
All Students42%
Female46%
Male38%
Black34%
Asian67%
Hispanic38%
Multi-ethnic52%
Native American56%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
English language learners15%

ScienceThis District
All Students49%
Female51%
Male47%
Black41%
Asian72%
Hispanic46%
Multi-ethnic60%
Native American67%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
English language learners24%

MathThis District
All Students56%
Female57%
Male55%
Black48%
Asian84%
Hispanic55%
Multi-ethnic66%
Native American56%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
English language learners38%
Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 5
ReadingThis District
All Students35%
Female39%
Male30%
Black27%
Asian60%
Hispanic31%
Multi-ethnic50%
White53%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learners9%

WritingThis District
All Students32%
Female40%
Male24%
Black26%
Asian53%
Hispanic29%
Multi-ethnic45%
White44%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learners13%

MathThis District
All Students45%
Female45%
Male45%
Black36%
Asian77%
Hispanic42%
Multi-ethnic61%
White65%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
English language learners23%
Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 6
ReadingThis District
All Students42%
Female48%
Male36%
Black36%
Asian67%
Hispanic34%
Multi-ethnic43%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
English language learners8%

MathThis District
All Students52%
Female55%
Male50%
Black45%
Asian86%
Hispanic44%
Multi-ethnic62%
White74%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learners27%
Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 7
ReadingThis District
All Students52%
Female58%
Male46%
Black45%
Asian77%
Hispanic45%
Multi-ethnic69%
Native American46%
White71%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
English language learners18%

MathThis District
All Students56%
Female59%
Male54%
Black49%
Asian88%
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnic68%
Native American92%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
English language learners35%
Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 8
ReadingThis District
All Students58%
Female66%
Male51%
Black54%
Asian77%
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnic69%
Native American72%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
English language learners23%

ScienceThis District
All Students24%
Female22%
Male25%
Black16%
Asian52%
Hispanic19%
Multi-ethnic34%
Native American47%
White43%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
English language learners4%

WritingThis District
All Students48%
Female56%
Male41%
Black44%
Asian71%
Hispanic43%
Multi-ethnic52%
Native American60%
White62%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
English language learners25%

MathThis District
All Students52%
Female56%
Male49%
Black45%
Asian86%
Hispanic46%
Multi-ethnic64%
Native American72%
White72%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
English language learners32%
Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Grade 11
ReadingThis District
All Students43%
Female48%
Male38%
Black39%
Asian62%
Hispanic31%
Multi-ethnic53%
Native American45%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learners7%

ScienceThis District
All Students16%
Female15%
Male16%
Black10%
Asian30%
Hispanic10%
Multi-ethnic26%
Native American13%
White31%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
English language learners2%

WritingThis District
All Students63%
Female70%
Male54%
Black58%
Asian80%
Hispanic56%
Multi-ethnic74%
Native American73%
White76%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
English language learners38%

MathThis District
All Students38%
Female38%
Male37%
Black30%
Asian76%
Hispanic26%
Multi-ethnic54%
Native American40%
White55%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learners29%
Source: PA Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

About the Tests

  • In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science.
  • The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles.
  • The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania.
  • The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.
  • The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Testing in Pennsylvania: An Overview

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