Math, reading scores are up

Posted: June 28, 2011

The Philadelphia School District has shown improvement in state standardized test scores for the ninth straight year, according to data released last night.

In math, 59 percent of students scored advanced or proficient, up 2.7 points from last year.

In reading, 52.3 percent scored advanced or proficient, up 2.3 points from last year.

Meanwhile, at yesterday's School Reform Commission meeting, officials said that they will rehire 174 K-3 teachers who were laid off earlier this month as part of an agreement with the city to reduce class sizes in those grades.

Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said that those teachers may get their jobs back depending on city and state contributions.

However, she added, she won't guarantee the same assignments because of seniority issues.

- Dafney Tales

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