PITTSBURGH, PA – Nov. 16, 2015 – Excitement about promising trends at Pittsburgh Public Schools is tempered by persistent gaps in opportunities and achievement. According to A+ Schools, Pittsburgh’s community advocate for equity and excellence in public education which today released its Annual Report to the Community on Public School Progress in Pittsburgh, years of hard work are continuing to bear fruit, but priority challenges remain.
“Change is difficult, but not impossible,” said Carey Harris, Executive Director of A+ Schools. “Graduation rates are up. More of our schools are showing contributions to academic growth that exceed state averages. Performance on the Keystones is improving. This is a testament to the hard work of teachers, students, and parents in the past years.” Specifically the organization pointed to the following statistics of positive trends:
But Harris noted that while the district is to be commended for the progress it is making, there are some sobering trends in the data that call for urgent action. “Sadly, half of our tested third graders, 827 students, are not reading at grade level by third grade, leaving them behind in the coming years when they need to read to learn.” Additionally, Pittsburgh Public Schools have some significant challenges according to the data that need to be addressed that include:
A+ Schools will mail the report directly to thirty thousand city households with children enrolled in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and children under age five. In addition, the report will be available in local libraries, city schools and at elected officials’ offices, or by calling A+ Schools at 412-697-1298. The full report — and information on A+ Schools and its programs for parents, students and community members — can be accessed online at www.aplusschools.org. Community members are urged to review the report as a tool to ask questions and seek information about the quality of schools.
A+ Schools is offering tailored presentations to school and community groups interested in learning more about the report and how to use it. To arrange a presentation at your school, community organization, place of worship, contact A+ Schools at 412-697-1298, or fill out the form below.