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December 1, 2022
7:45 am
- 9:45 am

Education First Compact: Hoping to Finish: What it Now Takes to Graduate in PA

Philadelphia Education Fund
718 Arch Street, Suite 700N
Philadelphia, PA 19106 + Google Map

Join us for the December 1st session of the Philadelphia Education Fund’s monthly conversation series, Education First Compact.

Hoping to Finish: What it Now Takes to Graduate in PA

In 2018, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed Act 158, approving changes to the Commonwealth’s high school graduation requirements. Upon passage, it was contemplated that these new standards would apply to the Class of 2023, providing districts, schools, students and parents plenty of time to adapt to the proposed changes. But, then a pandemic hit.

During the intervening years, schools across Pennsylvania have struggled to support students impacted by COVID-related learning loss, social and emotional developmental delays, and the adjustment that comes with the return to in-person schooling. And, they’ve struggled to regain the ground they lost in attendance, academic performance, postsecondary preparedness and graduation rates.

Might these efforts be frustrated by implementation of Act 158? With these new graduation requirements, is there the potential of more ground to be lost? What obstacles lie ahead for students? And, what opportunities exist to reduce or eliminate these challenges for the Class of 2023, and beyond.

In Changing the Finish Line, researchers from the Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC), shine a light on the implications of Act 158’s new graduation requirements for Philadelphia students. Might graduation rates drop from the pre-pandemic high of 76% to a new low of 35-50%? What supports are needed to help students cross the finish line? And, how is the District helping families, teachers and nonprofit partners navigate these new requirements and help their students succeed?

Attend this month’s Education First Compact to learn more about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Philadelphia students, as we countdown to graduation day.


Alyn Turner, Co-Director, Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC) and Director of Quantitative Research at Research For Action (RFA)

Ali Robinson-Rogers, Deputy Chief, Postsecondary Readiness, School District of Philadelphia

Moderated by Farah Jimenez, President and CEO, Philadelphia Education Fund.

Program Schedule

  • 7:45-8:00am Networking
  • 8:00-8:10am Welcome Remarks
  • 8:10-9:10am Panel Discussion
  • 9:10-9:45am Moderated Q&A

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