Selected readings on US charter schools
Columbus, OH – For six of the past seven years and for the fourth year in a row, charter schools located in Ohio’s Big 8 urban areas had stronger overall student academic growth or value-added results when compared to the Big 8 urban district schools. Additionally, students attending charter schools in the Big 8 urban areas were more likely to be attending schools that scored higher than the district average performance index.
Value-added measures a school’s success in advancing the learning of its students. The expectation is that students will progress at least one year’s worth of growth in a school year, which results in a “C” rating. Schools with academic growth rates more than two standard deviations above the expected rate receive an “A” and schools with growth rates more than two standard deviations below the expected rate receive an “F” on this measure.
Performance Index (PI) indicates how well students performed on state assessments. Statewide, nearly 60%
of Ohio’s Big 8 urban charter students are in schools that scored above the weighted Big 8 average.
Ohio Alliance president Bill Sims said that, “While the new state grade rating system embodies a more demanding set of metrics for all public schools, charter and traditional district, we need to be mindful of the fact that in 2013 charters overall outperformed their district counterparts again, despite the fact that the goal posts were moved. Our community of schools is very proud of this fact and their overall progress.”
Graphical depictions of the Ohio Department of Education Local Report Card data are available on the OAPCS website: “News and Features”. Interactive data visualizations are available on OAPCS’s School Performance Dashboard at:http://www.oapcs.org/dashboard/2012/ohio-scope.html