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Summer Learning and More (S.L.A.M.) 2010. The School District of Philadelphia Penny Nixon Associate Superintendent for Schools David Weiner Associate Superintendent Academics, Curriculum and Accountability Tomas Hanna Associate Superintendent for Academic Support. The Vision.

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summer learning and more s l a m 2010

Summer Learning and More (S.L.A.M.) 2010

The School District of Philadelphia

Penny NixonAssociate Superintendent for Schools

David Weiner

Associate Superintendent Academics, Curriculum and Accountability

Tomas Hanna

Associate Superintendent for Academic Support

the vision
The Vision

The overall purpose of Summer Learning and More (S.L.A.M.) was to provide skills development, credit recovery in core subject areas, and enrichment opportunities, resulting in an increase in student achievement, mitigation of summer learning loss, and an increase in promotion and graduation rates.

summer scope
Summer Scope
  • Summer Academy
    • High Needs schools (Empowerment, Renaissance Eligible and Renaissance Alert Schools)
  • Summer Program
      • Non-High Needs schools (Non-Empowerment and Vanguard Schools)
  • Extended School Year (ESY)
      • Low incidence special education students
  • Summer Bridge Transition Program
      • 8th Grade students transitioning to 9th grade
      • Elementary students transitioning to middle school buildings
summer overview
Summer Overview
  • 127 sites
    • 109 High Needs Elementary, Middle and High Schools
    • 18 Non-High Needs Elementary/Middle schools –strategically placed
  • 58,511 students in grades PreK through 12 participated in this year’s summer programs - 33% of total enrollment
    • Summer 2009 - 23,758 participants -14% of total enrollment
    • Participants mirrored the diversity of the District
  • 3,400 Teachers
    • Including grade teachers, high school content teachers, and specialist teachers
    • Student teacher ratio 20:1
program participants
Program Participants

18.3% were identified as having an active IEP*.

9.9% were identified as English Language Learners*.

Almost one quarter (22.2%) of high school program participants were first-time 9th grade students in 2009-2010.

*Theseproportions are higher than the District-wide proportions.

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2010 S.L.A.M. Program Attendance1

1These data are based on participants who attended at least 5 days of the program.

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2010 S.L.A.M. Program Attendance1

1These data are based on participants who attended at least 5 days of the program.

program outcomes grades 3 8 1
Program Outcomes:Grades 3-81
  • Scores on the May and October Predictive Assessments were standardized by converting them to Normal Curve Equivalents (NCEs) to allow for comparisons in performance from pre- to post-summer.
  • The 2010 S.L.A.M. Program was effective in mitigating summer learning loss among participants.
  • Program participants in both Empowerment and Non-Empowerment schools evidenced significantly greater gains in reading and math achievement than matched comparison peers who did not participate in summer programming.

1These data are based on participants who attended at least 16 days of the program.

program outcomes reading empowerment grades 3 8 1
Program Outcomes: ReadingEmpowerment Grades 3-81

*Group differences were statistically significant.

1These data are based on participants who attended at least 16 days of the program.

program outcomes math empowerment grades 3 8 1
Program Outcomes: MathEmpowerment Grades 3-81

*Group differences were statistically significant.

1These data are based on participants who attended at least 16 days of the program.

program outcomes reading non empowerment grades 3 8 1
Program Outcomes: ReadingNon-Empowerment Grades 3-81

*Group differences were statistically significant.

1These data are based on participants who attended at least 16 days of the program.

program outcomes math non empowerment grades 3 8 1
Program Outcomes: MathNon-Empowerment Grades 3-81

*Group differences were statistically significant.

1These data are based on participants who attended at least 16 days of the program.

program outcomes grade 8 1
Program Outcomes:Grade 81
  • 66.8% of 8th grade participants earned 1 credit.
  • Another 5.4% earned 0.5 credit.

1These data are based on participants who attended at least 5 days of the program.

program outcomes grades 9 12
Program Outcomes:Grades 9 - 12
  • This summer, high school students were afforded an opportunity to earn up to 3 credits during S.L.A.M.
  • On average, participants earned an additional 2 credits toward graduation.
    • 37.4% of participants earned 1 to 1.5 credits toward graduation.
    • 27.8% of participants earned 2 credits toward graduation.
    • 19.3% of participants earned 3 credits toward graduation.
  • A total of 597 students graduated as a result of their participation in the 2010 S.L.A.M. Program.
parent and student beliefs about slam
Parent and Student Beliefs about SLAM

Over 80% of high school students reported that the courses offered at their school were alignedwith student needs.

Overall, 78.6% of parents/guardians reported that they were satisfied with the academic component of summer school and that participation was helpful in preparing their child for the next grade.

72.8% of parents/guardiansrated the enrichment/elective component as “good” or “excellent”.

parent and student beliefs about slam1
Parent and Student Beliefs about SLAM

A large majority of students (87.7%) reported that teachers in the S.L.A.M. program helped themunderstand the course material.

Over three-quarters of students reported that through their participation in enrichment programming they learned new skills and discovered new talents

Over three-quarters of principals and teachers rated academic programs for rising 9thgraders to be effective for those students who successfully completed the necessary requirements to pass 8th grade.