Charter schools that make a difference

Twenty-one charter schools have made a dramatic difference for high-need students, reports The Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC), an initiative of New Leaders for New Schools. EPIC analyzed gains in student achievement at 150 charter schools serving disadvantaged students.

Among this year’s recognized schools are:

MATCH Charter Public School, Boston, MA – By developing powerful partnerships with area colleges and universities, MATCH has developed student support and enrichment programs that are critical to the school’s mission. The school is lauded as one of the best in the country, with 99 percent of graduates moving on to a four-year college or university.

Mastery Charter Schools: Lenfest and Shoemaker Campuses, Philadelphia, PA – As a small charter management organization in Philadelphia, Mastery Charter Schools are tackling the issue of educational inequity head-on. By placing an emphasis on effective management and proven practices, Mastery is growing into a leader in urban education.

E. L. Haynes Public Charter School, Washington, DC – E.L. Haynes has made improving literacy one of the central foundations of their school community. Teachers use and analyze data from interim assessments to see what content their students are struggling with. During a full-day of professional development following each marking period, teachers then develop action plans for addressing curricular challenges and problem areas.

EPIC will provide monetary awards worth $3,000 to $12,000 each to administrators and instructional staff at each of the 21 schools.

Also, Center for Education Reform is releasing its charter school accountability report today.

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  1. This post will come in handy. Over at the Daily Grind, I’ve been exploring charter schools and their success in comparison to local high schools.