Philadelphia Charter School Performance Framework – District and Charter Ratings

Posted 06.18.2018

The School District of Philadelphia’s Charter Schools Office (CSO) has multiple responsibilities, one of which is that the CSO “monitors performance and promotes high standards in Philadelphia’s charter schools while preserving charter school autonomy and protecting the rights of students and families.”

As was described in a previous blog post (What if every Philadelphia school was held to the same quality standards?), the CSO is carrying out this duty by utilize the Charter School Performance Framework (Framework) to inform charter renewal decisions.

In January of 2018 an updated Framework and FAQ were released. These documents detail the Academic, Organizational and Financial scoring system, and answers many of the question one may have regarding the application of the Framework.

The School Reform Commission has decided the Framework is the standard by which charters are evaluated to determine whether or not a school is meeting the needs of students and should continue operating. Which is why we thought it would be interesting to apply the Framework to all public schools in Philadelphia. We ran this calculation using raw data from the 2017 School Progress Reports, 2017 Keystone Exam results, and generating similar school groups from the Peer Group Demographics released by the District’s Performance Office.

The Framework is designed to be utilized with four years of data to produce an average score for a charter school over the length of their five-year charter agreement. Please note, the data presented below is a one-year snapshot and is not meant to judge the overall quality of a school, but provides additional context at a time when the District and charter community are discussing accountability standards.

The table below lists schools based on the Framework score (in percents) that they would have earned based on 2017 data. The Framework has score ranges that correlate to the three designations assigned by the CSO:

  • Less than 45 percent – Does Not Meet Standard
  • Between 45 percent and 75 percent – Approaches Standard
  • Above 75 percent – Meets Standard

*Note: Similar school groups (SSG) will differ from the Annual Charter Evaluation reports because the file used to generate SSGs was not available. Economically Disadvantaged numbers from the Peer Group Demographics were used instead.

*Note: Special admit schools were not included in SSGs for non-special admit schools. They were used to generate SSGs for special admit schools only.

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