City test scores down; fewer than half meet standards

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The School District of Philadelphia District Headquarters building at 440 North Broad Street. (File photo)

The results of the Philadelphia School District's 2014 state exams are in: overall, city students' performance dipped slightly.

Both reading and math scores dropped, and fewer than half of all students met state standards.

In reading, 42 percent of students met the bar set by the state on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, down from 42.3 percent. In math, 45.2 percent met standards, down from 46.9 percent.

There were gains in some areas - eighth grade proficiency rates increased in science, reading and writing.

“Our focus will continue to be on providing tools that enhance instructional quality,” Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said in a statement. “Although there are several research-based interventions in place to assist struggling learners, we want all students to have a deeper understanding of academic concepts. This requires additional investments in our schools despite our ongoing budgetary challenges. We remain proud of our teachers and school leaders for their continued hard work under difficult circumstances.”