The charter schools advocacy group performed a simple analysis that compared the composite test scores — the API — of high-poverty public schools in California (those in which 70 percent or more of the students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch). Guess what it found?
Twelve of the 15 schools on that list are publicly funded (tuition-free), privately run charters. Six of the top 15 are located in Oakland, and all but one of those (Lincoln Elementary) are American Indian or Oakland Charter Academy charter schools.
You can find the list, along with the two-page report, here.
As you can see, this analysis only looked at the schools with the highest API scores, which isn’t necessarily indicative of how rest of the state’s charter schools and traditional public schools perform. And, obviously, the charter schools association isn’t an impartial research organization. Still, I wanted to hear your responses to the report.
photo of Oakland Charter Academy classroom by D. Ross Cameron/Oakland Tribune