05 September 2007

Low Scores for Charter Schools

Local charter schools get low ratings
By JENNIFER KOVACS Tribune Chronicle

WARREN — At the 10th anniversary of charter schools, statewide criticism is echoed here at home as report card data shows that local community classrooms failed to make the grade.
In a news release issued by the Coalition for Public Education, the organization claims that a decade after the inception of charter schools, traditional public schools in Ohio continue to provide the best opportunity for children to learn and succeed.

‘‘If your child attends a traditional public school, he or she has an 80 percent chance of receiving an effective or excellent education. Those are pretty good odds,’’ states CPE chair Barbara Shaner.

The numbers used by the CPE come from state report card results released in August by the Ohio Department of Education for the 2006-07 school year. CPE claims that, according to that data, public schools have outperformed charter schools 10 years in a row.
In Mahoning County, ODE shows that there are 12 charter schools in operation in Youngstown, with more than 2,700 students enrolled. Nine of of those schools are in academic watch or academic emergency. Three have been rated to be in continuous improvement.
If some charter schools go as many as three to four years in academic emergency, the state pulls the plug and they’re closed. To date, more than 25 community schools are in jeopardy
‘‘Unfortunately, charter school students are more likely to be worse off this year than they were last year, according to an analysis of ODE data. Of the 213 charter schools that received report cards in each of the last two years, more moved down in the ratings than up — 68 received a lower rating this year,’’ the CPE’s release states.

Analysis by OEA and CPE states that, ‘‘Among economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities, those attending traditional schools performed better than those enrolled in charter schools on all 28 of the state tests.’’

Hat Tip: Schools Matter Blog

UPDATE; the much anticipated McKinsey report was released today, and it states that CPS administration is dysfuncitonal. I think Rosa Blackwell knew this was comming and that is why she resigned a few days ago. Note, the report does not say that the teachers or students or the learning environment are dysfunctional, only the upper management.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting this up. I appreciate your finding out about charter schools esp being able to research for Cincinnati. k

CityKin said...

I don't see this kind of reporting from the local papers, so I had to get this from an Akron/Warren paper.

I am not totally opposed to Charter Schools, but I don't think I would ever send my child to one. The choices within Cincinnati Public system have worked fine for us so far.