By Katy Murphy
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 at 11:21 am in achievement gap, charter schools, elementary schools, English learners, families, high schools, middle schools, OUSD central office, school reform, students, test scores.
It might not come as a surprise that a new report by the California Charter Schools Association has found that Oakland’s independently run, publicly financed charter schools are doing better than the city’s traditional public schools.
The report does analyze state test scores in great depth, though, breaking down the results by grade-level, race and economic status. It even matches each charter with two or three district schools (within five miles) that have comparable demographics. In 22 out of 32 cases, the charter school had a higher API score than the similar district schools averaged.
The OUSD charter office’s Web site also has some interesting information about the number of charters approved, the number revoked, etc.
What do you make of this analysis, and what does it say about the charter school movement? Do you think its results should — or will — influence the policies of the Oakland school board and staff with respect to charters?