Selected readings on US charter schools
Missouri’s charter public schools shine in the recent release of Annual Performance Reports (APR) and Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) results by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The measures are conducted annually for all district and charter schools as a sample measure of the schools’ success.
“We are very proud of what Missouri’s charter schools are accomplishing in their classrooms,” stated Missouri Charter Public School Association Executive Director Dr. Douglas Thaman.” “These results show that many Missouri charter schools are a quality public education option for students and families.”
In St. Louis, seven of 15 schools measured scored over 70% on their APR. This is a key figure in terms of how the schools are performing. Only schools open for at least three years are measured. Two additional schools came in just under this mark and showed great improvement over previous year scores.
Kansas City charter schools also posted solid scores. Nine schools scored over 70% on their APR while 13 schools improved on English Language Arts Communication MAP scores and 12 improved on Math. A total of 15 Kansas City charters outperformed Kansas City Public Schools and eight outperformed state averages in Math. Eleven outperformed KCPS averages in English Language Arts and three outperformed state averages.
“Many of the Kansas City charter schools are making significant strides in improving both APR and MAP scores and are showing great growth trajectories,” Thaman stated.
Ten St. Louis charter schools improved over last year’s MAP scores in Math and 14 performed better than the St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) average, which includes selective enrollment magnet schools. Four schools had over 50% of their students scoring at the advanced or proficient levels.
English Language Arts results from St. Louis charter schools showed ten schools improving over 2012 scores and ten schools outperforming the SLPS average. Four schools also performed over the 50% level.
“Charter schools in St. Louis have showed tremendous growth over time in both of these measures,” added Thaman. “This growth can be attributed to the hard work of the student, staff and extended communities in these schools.” Some Kansas City charter schools showed gains of 10% or more of their students scoring Proficient or Advanced in the two categories. Also, high performing schools in Kansas City kept up their high marks in both subjects. Thaman continued, “These two metrics are only part of the measures of a charter school’s success in moving students forward academically, but are important assessments for schools to track progress.”