Today, the NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE) released its 2011-12 Progress Reports for public schools serving grades K-8, including charter schools. Overall, charter schools' grades are improved from the previous year. Close to half (46%) of all charter schools received an A grade, compared to 25% of public schools citywide.
Creating a charter school often starts as an exhilarating project, filled with breakthrough curriculum ideas, ways to serve families where there are low-performing schools, and visions of better futures for children through superlative education.
The results are out from the NYC Department of Education's Learning Environment Surveys, a rich source of information on how parents, students, and teachers view their public schools (district and charter). This year's surveys elicited responses from over 476,000 parents, over 62,000 teachers, and over 428,000 students in grades 6-12. (Charter schools' collective responses rates were higher than the city average among all three groups.)
Nobody does scientific caution like Matt Di Carlo, blogger for the union-affiliated Albert Shanker Institute. Though "not so fast" isn't the sexiest message in education debates, we could surely use more fair-minded and careful voices like his. But this week, Di Carlo takes his caution to the extreme...
The results are out from the 2011-12 state tests for Math and English Language Arts (ELA) in grades 3-8, and New York City charter schools once again have reason to feel proud and hopeful, though by no means content.
Charter school educators are big on “grit,” that teachable character trait that helps at-risk students persevere to and through college. As a movement, charter schools have learned our own lessons about grit. We started with grand aspirations, to which we still fervently hold, but we also know that progress never comes as fast as one would like. We have learned, as well, that the problems we are working on aren’t solvable with a single tactic or strategy.
That's the most charitable way to read the Daily News columnist's coverage of Success Charter Network's request for a fee increase, which falsely implies that it would result in more public dollars flowing to the Harlem-based charter schools.
Mary Ann Giordano from the Times put it best: "And who says co-located schools can’t get along?" Ms. Giordano is referring to a district-charter co-location collaboration that took place on Saturday in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.
What choices are charter schools providing? What are their results? Who are their students? And what is the outlook for charter schools' future? The Charter Center is pleased to release a new report on "The State of the NYC Charter School Sector," which provides a data-rich look at these critical questions.
Bill Phillips of NYCSA has written an excellent analysis of the Board of Regents’ decision yesterday to decline renewal of Pinnacle Charter School in Buffalo, a low-performing school in which only one in five students was at standards—after eight years of operation.