Oakland charters succeed

Oakland charter schools are outperforming similar district-run schools at all grade levels, with high-poverty students and with all minority students, concludes a report by the California Charter Schools Association.  Gains are increasing over time.

Seventeen percent of Oakland students attend charter schools. Sixty-nine percent of charters outperformed the neighboring district schools with similar demographics on the 2008 Academic Performance Index (API) growth index.

. . .  charter schools significantly outperformed district public schools in middle (836 to 624) and high schools (688 to 528) and slightly outperformed district schools at the elementary school level (725 to 705). Of the top ten highest-performing public schools in Oakland, all secondary schools were charter schools.

Charters were most effective with low-income and black students.

Oakland’s charter schools serve a significantly higher percentage of Latino students, a higher percentage of high-poverty students, roughly an equal percentage of African-American students and a lower percentage of Asian-American and white students.

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  1. It just occurred to me that if the charge of “cherry-picking” that’s leveled at charters is true there ought be a drop in attainment in the district schools.

  2. Too bad the press release didn’t mention these better-than-average schools. It would be interesting to see *which* schools, with *which* focuses/foci, are doing well.