We want you to be informed and empowered collaborators with us and The District — working together to build and sustain initiatives that help Philadelphia public schools thrive and students succeed.

Find out more about plans to improve Philly public schools and some of the latest thinking about making public education work for all of our children.

The Fund's Fall Newsletter 2016

See what the Fund has been up to in preparation for the  2016-2017 school year! 

Download the Fund's back-to-school newsletter here, and read about the good things happening at the School District of Philadelphia as our students prepare for the new school year (hint: with new school supplies from Amazon.com and new libraries via the Right Books campaign!). 

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Action Plan 3.0 Making our Schools Great

This plan is a description of the School District of Philadelphia’s current and planned priority work.

Its primary objective is to align the work of all employees to the Anchor Goals and Actions described here. It is also intended to communicate a comprehensive overview of the District’s plan to parents, families, students, partners and stakeholders.

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Action Plan 3.0 Status Report

The School District's Action Plan 3.0 sets expectations for the basic educational rights of every child.

Despite facing challenges, the SDP has made progress in a number of areas. See how results stack up against Anchor Goals 1, 2, 3 & 4 so far. Read the full status report here.

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Research for Action Analysis “PA Keystone Exams-High Stakes Testing” (June 2015)

This research brief provides stakeholders with an accurate, comprehensive analysis of Keystone standardized test and the impact of high stakes testing.

Pennsylvania's two decade experience with standards based education reform has been marked by an increasing reliance test based accountability. Beginning with the class of 2017, student performance on tests in three subjects Algebra I, Biology, and Literature--will play a major role in whether students receive high school diplomas.

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Annie E Casey Foundation Early Warning: Why Reading by End of Third Grade Matters

Up until the end of third grade, most children are learning to read.

In the 4th grade, however, they are reading to learn, using their skills to gain more information in subjects such as math and science, to solve problems, to think critically.

This special report highlights the causes and consequences of low reading proficiency and proposes some essential steps toward closing the gap between those who can and cannot read proficiently.

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The Education Trust: The Funding Gaps 2015

Every day, millions of students all around the U.S. pledge their allegiance to our nation and “liberty and justice for all."

As they speak these words, some stand in state-of-the-art classrooms with brand new smartboards and bookshelves stuffed to the brim. Others, however, gaze at peeling paint and water stains on the ceiling, at empty shelves and blackboards with no chalk. And right now, which of those classrooms a child stands in has a lot to do with his or her family’s wealth or skin color.

Our education system has a history of providing low-income students and students of color with less of everything they need to succeed in school.  In this report, we focus on one of the most important of these “lesses” — school funding.”

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