The following article appeared in today’s Philadelphia Daily News:
"Philadelphia School District students have achieved higher math and reading scores for the fourth straight year - the third under the wave of reforms begun in the 2002-03 school year, jubilant district and elected officials announced yesterday.
"‘Is today a great day in Philadelphia or what?’ James Nevels, chairman of the five-member School Reform Commission, asked during a news conference at the district administration building that included a big cake, and bigger pronouncements about the future….
"Officials were in accord, however, that much more schoolhouse reform is needed, because the majority of students still test below the proficient level - or what is considered the passing mark….
"Last year, 160 city public schools made [Adequate Yearly Progress], up from 58 schools the previous year. Schools making AYP this year will be announced next month, state officials said.
"The results released yesterday showed that just 35.4 percent of Philadelphia's students are proficient or advanced in reading, up 1.8 percent from last year and up 11.5 percent from four years ago…. In math, 37.1 percent of students were proficient or advanced, up 8.5 percent from last year and up 17.6 percent from four years ago….
"All racial groups posted gains over last year…. Gerald Zahorchak, who will become acting state secretary of education next month, said he was pleased that the [achievement] gap was closing that and the state was spending millions to make it happen more quickly."
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