One would hope that if 37 public schools in Philadelphia were being shut down, the replacement schools into which students will be flowing performed significantly better than the original ones. Not so. According to an analysis by the Public School Notebook:
Among the receiving schools identified by the District in the closings plan, the median reading proficiency rate is 32 percent. Among the schools that are closing, the proficiency rate is almost identical at 31 percent. Both groups of schools, on balance, are significantly below the district-wide reading proficiency rate of 45 percent.