Friday, December 24, 2010

12/24 - Upper Darby School Board plans response to ‘Waiting For Superman’ film

News Of Delaware County
Upper Darby School Board plans response to ‘Waiting For Superman’ film
Thursday, December 23, 2010
By Meghan Arrell
UPPER DARBY – During the December meeting of the Upper Darby School Board members discussed district successes and plans.
Superintendent Louis DeVlieger announced the plans of the district to work with Emmy- and Academy Award-winning documentary film makers Susan and Alan Raymond to produce a film within the district.
“Tentatively entitled, ‘Closing the Gap,’ our film will focus on the district’s work in grades [kindergarten through third] in successfully employing our data driven system of programs including Response to Instruction and intervention in ensuring academic success for all children,” DeVlieger said.

Upper Darby School District Statistics

The Upper Darby School District is located in Drexel HillPA, just outside of Philadelphia and includes 14 schools that serve 11,763 students in grades KG through 12.  
Nearly 50% of students qualify for free or reduced lunches.
More than 50 native languages are spoken

District Spending

The Upper Darby School District spends $10,337 per pupil in current expenditures.  The district spends 66% on instruction, 31% on support services, and 3% on other elementary and secondary expenditures.

District Student-Teacher Ratio

The Upper Darby School District has 14 students for every full-time equivalent teacher, with the PA state average being 14 students per full-time equivalent teacher.  

District Student Information

The Upper Darby School District had a grades 9-12 dropout rate of 3% in 2008.  The national grades 9-12 dropout rate in 2007 was 4.4%.  
In the Upper Darby School District, 18% of students have an IEP (Individualized Education Program).  An IEP is a written plan for students eligible for special needs services.  
The Upper Darby School District serves 7% English Language Learners (ELL).  ELL students are in the process of acquiring and learning English Language skills.  
Source: NCES, 2007

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