The mission of the Philadelphia Education Research Consortium - or PERC - is to provide timely, actionable, rigorous, and non-partisan research on the most pressing issues facing Philadelphia public education.


To do this, we seek to engage the region’s colleges and universities, nonprofits, and the Philadelphia public education sector, including both district and charter schools, in respectful, mutually beneficial research-practice partnerships.


By providing Philadelphia’s leaders and citizenry with high-quality information about progress, challenges, and effective strategies in education, PERC aims to increase education opportunities and achievement for all Philadelphia students.


PERC began in 2014 with a seed grant from the William Penn Foundation. We are based at Research for Action, a nonprofit education research organization in Philadelphia.



The Laura and John Arnold Foundation

The Neubauer Family Foundation

The William Penn Foundation