February 5, 2013 |
I KNEW ARLENE Ackerman before I met her. I knew she had devoted her life to teaching and caring for other people's children. I knew she was driven by a faith that her children could access the abundance America offers to the well-prepared through her gift for teaching. The doctorate from Harvard, the two master's degrees were impressive credentials. Her success in raising test scores when she headed school districts in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., validated her qualifications.
August 21, 2010
The Philadelphia school system achieved another major benchmark with the latest results showing significant gains on the state's standardized tests. It almost goes without saying that the district still has a long way to go to improve student achievement to an acceptable level, but the current scores are nonetheless worth saluting. For the 2009-10 school year, 158 of the city's 267 schools, or 59 percent, met the benchmark for "adequate yearly progress" under the federal No Child Left Behind law, according to district data.
August 21, 2010 |
On paper, Roosevelt Middle School never should have made it. Situated in the heart of Germantown, the school has enormous challenges - 85 percent of its 500 students live in poverty. Twenty-three percent need special-education services. Many of its students - seventh and eighth graders - are mothers and fathers. Based on the rate of violent incidents there, it was named a "persistently dangerous" school by the state. "But if you think miracles can't happen, look at us," said Stefanie Ressler, who's been principal for three years.
August 20, 2010 |
For the first time, a majority of students in the Philadelphia School District attend schools that have met the federal academic standards under "No Child Left Behind," officials said. Superintendent Arlene Ackerman will be joined by Gov. Rendell to announce the good news today at Lincoln High School, 3201 Ryan Ave., a district spokesman said. Of the district's 265 schools and two alternative schools added to the list of schools that made Adequate Yearly Progress by the state this year, 158 made AYP, a 33 percent increase from the 119 schools that made AYP last year, district officials said.
June 17, 2010 |
Philadelphia public schools reached a new milestone this year - the majority of city students met state standards in reading and math for the first time since 2002, when Pennsylvania began administering tests under the No Child Left Behind law. It also marks the eighth straight year that city scores are up. Overall, 57 percent of students met goals in math and 51 percent met them in reading. Scores were up five points in math and three points in reading over the last year.
June 16, 2010 |
Philadelphia Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said Wednesday that city students' state test scores are up for the eighth consecutive year. "For the first time ever, more than half of our students now score in the proficient or advanced level," Ackerman said in brief remarks before the School Reform Commission. Students in third through eighth grade and eleventh grade took the exams in reading and math this spring. Ackerman also said that the district's "Empowerment" schools - 105 chronically failing schools given extra supports and closer scrutiny by the central office - mostly showed "significant and dramatic" gains in reading and math.
October 29, 2009 |
More changes are afoot in Philadelphia School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's administration. Chief academic officer Maria Pitre-Martin, who has been in Philadelphia for just a year, is leaving, Ackerman announced yesterday. Pitre-Martin has accepted a job with the North Carolina Department of Education, a district spokesman said Tuesday night. Pitre-Martin, who recently married, is moving to be near her husband, the spokesman said. Pitre-Martin previously worked as a teacher and administrator in Texas and Louisiana.
August 27, 2009 |
With state aid to city schools still a question mark, the Philadelphia School District and its largest union agreed to a contract extension yesterday, though an official said the sides were still far apart on most issues. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' pact was set to expire on Monday, but with the extension, teachers' current salary, benefits, and working conditions will stay in place through Oct. 31. In a statement, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, School Reform Commission Chair Robert L. Archie Jr., and union president Jerry Jordan said the deal would allow for a smooth opening of school on Sept.
August 13, 2009 |
Convening for the first time since summer break, the School Reform Commission received preliminary data yesterday that showed what Superintendent Arlene Ackerman called the "good and the bad. " Test scores, up for the seventh straight year, rose to 52 percent performing at grade level in math and 48 percent in reading, an increase of about 3 percentage points in each category from the previous year, according to district figures released yesterday....
August 11, 2009 |
It was back to school yesterday for 600 Philadelphia School District administrators, and Superintendent Arlene Ackerman greeted them with good and bad news. On the up side: For the seventh year in a row, test scores are up. Forty-four percent of Philadelphia schools, or 118 of 265, made "adequate yearly progress," meeting their goals under the federal No Child Left Behind law, Ackerman said. That's an increase of five schools over last year. Sixteen schools that had never met state standards before did so. The dropout rate was 44 percent in 2008-09, down from 47 percent the previous year.