More than half of Pennsylvania’s 92 worst-performing schools are in the Philadelphia district, the state said last week.
Thirteen of the 47 city schools on the state education department’s list were shuttered in June as part of efforts to close schools based on low enrollment, maintenance needs, and chronic academic problems.
Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. pointed out that the district is by far the state’s largest and has the most low-income children and students with special needs.
Five charters on the roster are former low-achieving district schools that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission handed over to charter operators to turn around.
A version of this article appeared in the October 16, 2013 edition of Education Week as Philadelphia Tops List of State’s Worst Schools