Black students are succeeding in charter schools, writes Lisa Snell.
Watts Learning Center, a Los Angeles charter school made up entirely (100 percent) of economically-disadvantaged African-American students, beats statewide test score averages for all California students – for every grade.
. . . disadvantaged African-American 10th-graders at Gertz-Ressler Academy High School, part of the Alliance for College Ready Public Schools, scored 69 percent proficient in science, 29 points higher than the statewide average of 40 percent for all students.
In Los Angeles, a study by the California Charter Schools Association showed charter schools outperformed traditional public schools on the Academic Performance Index (API) in 2006.
In fact, in elementary charter schools, African-Americans’ median API scores were almost 100 points higher than the traditional district schools-scoring 750 versus 651. In middle schools, African-Americans scored 693 versus 625 in traditional schools. In high schools, African-American’s median scores were 684 versus 602 in traditional schools.
In a recent poll, 31 percent of blacks gave their local schools a D or F. Not surprisingly, black students are the most likely to choose charter alternatives.