Four Mastery Schools Awarded for Academic Growth
The School District of Philadelphia has recognized four Mastery schools as being among the best in the city for academic growth. Douglass Elementary was awarded for five consecutive years of growth on the 2018-19 School Progress Report (SPR) released February 10, 2020. Cleveland Elementary and Hardy Williams High had four and three years of improvement respectively, and Harrity Elementary was awarded for achieving two tiers of growth on the SPR.
In addition, Mastery’s Thomas and Smedley were designated Peer Leaders for having the highest scores in their peer groups. Smedley also tied for the highest year-over-year growth in the city, jumping from 28% to 66%. Simon Gratz High School more than tripled its score, going from 9% to 31% in just one year.
Wister Elementary doubled its score under Mastery’s leadership, improving from 17% in 2016 before its turnaround to 35% in 2019 as a Mastery school.
The SPR measures students’ academic achievement (proficiency), academic progress (growth), school climate, and college and career readiness (for high schools) using a 1-to-100 scale.
Mastery’s average SPR score for the 2018-19 school year is 46%. That’s two points higher than the citywide average (district and charters) of 44%. Overall, Mastery’s average score has increased 18 points since the SPR began in 2015. The citywide average increased 11 points in the same time period.