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File #: 171018    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 11/16/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing the City Council Committee on Education to hold hearings to discuss how we can better implement educational standards in the early childhood years from Pre-K to 3rd grades to prepare our children for success later in life.
Sponsors: Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Signature17101800.pdf
Title
Authorizing the City Council Committee on Education to hold hearings to discuss how we can better implement educational standards in the early childhood years from Pre-K to 3rd grades to prepare our children for success later in life.

Body
WHEREAS, Statewide educational standards are required to be met before students are allowed to move on to the next grade level or graduate. However, local school districts are given the latitude to make the determination of whether the "standards" have been "met"; and

WHEREAS, Starting from the 3rd grade, students in Pennsylvania are tested every year to see how well they are learning. The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is given in 3rd-8th grades and the Keystone Exam is administered in high school; and

WHEREAS, Statewide, 61 percent of students taking PSSA exams this past spring passed the reading tests, and 43 percent passed the math tests. In Philadelphia, the scores were much lower, 33 percent passed the test in reading, and 19 percent passed in math. Both scores in Philadelphia went up one percentage point from last year's scores; and

WHEREAS, Standardized tests are an effective way to show how our children are doing academically and what areas need to be focused on. However, they do not tell the whole story. They do not show what is being implemented in the classroom, how information is being presented and if the form of delivery is effective for everyone; and

WHEREAS, If every classroom is theoretically teaching according to the standards set by the state, why are the outcomes from school to school so drastically different? How are some schools able to implement educational standards with success while others are not; and

WHEREAS, A stronger focus needs to be put on educating our children effectively when they are young and getting them up to grade level in both reading and math by third grade. This will give them a solid foundation for the continuation of their academic ...

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