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Saleem Ghubril
Executive Director,
The Pittsburgh Promise
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Recent Outcomes

Among the early results of the reform efforts that we can celebrate:

  • In five years we moved from a district facing the possibility of state takeover to being ranked 7th in the nation among public school systems in large U.S. cities in Great Schools Best Cities to Live and Learn 2010 report.
  • In 2010, 70% of our schools made the federal No Child Left Behind requirements, while in 2007 only 40% did.
  • Our students peak year in literacy skills is now 8th grade, where a remarkable 44% of PPS students tested advanced or ahead of grade level in 2008-09, rather than 3rd grade, which is the traditional high-point for nearly all urban districts.