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Oct. 18, 2012 10:30 am

From the creator of Philly Rap Sheet: use this web app to see how Philly schools stack up in statewide standardized test scores

Every public school student in the state takes the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams. Now you can see how Philly schools performed in 2012 and compare those scores with schools around the state. Built by Andrew McGill for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he works, the tool uses data from the Department of Education. McGill, […]

Every public school student in the state takes the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams. Now you can see how Philly schools performed in 2012 and compare those scores with schools around the state.

Built by Andrew McGill for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he works, the tool uses data from the Department of Education. McGill, a Cheltenham native, is the hobbyist hacker behind crime data scraper (and Best of Philly winnerPhilly Rap Sheet.

Use the web app here.

Don’t forget about GreatPhillySchools, the recently-launched web app to search for and compare Philly schools.

As for McGill, he’s still maintaining Philly Rap Sheet. Check out this interview with him on Nieman Lab, in which he mentions that he’s run into some trouble with the site:

There’s one interesting issue that I’m wrestling with, and that’s keeping names associated with crimes when there’s the real fact that people get their crimes expunged. So I’ve gotten calls and I’ve gotten one cease-and-desist letter saying, “Listen, my records have been expunged. Take down my name.”

Read the rest here.

h/t Daniel Victor

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technical.ly Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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