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About 1 in 3 Ga. charter schools outscored districts

Thursday, May 30, 2013 7:23 AM
Last updated Friday, May 31, 2013 12:36 AM
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ATLANTA — Roughly one out of every three schools chartered by the state scored better in a new Georgia ranking than the districts they are in, the State Charter Schools Commission learned Wednesday.

That also means two out of every three scored worse. One school matched the score of its home district.

The commission’s executive director, Bonnie Hol­li­day, presented a breakdown of the scores released earlier this month by the De­partment of Education on its initial College and Career Readiness Performance Index for the 2011-12 school year. The department will take until October to compile the results from the school year that just ended.

“There’s good news and bad news,” Holliday told the seven-member commission. “The good news is we’re doing well in the areas I think we should. The bad news is we’re not doing well enough.”

The index is a 110-point scale for comparing schools. Most of the score comes from different aspects of student performance, but 15 points come from progress made by students, with another 15 for reducing the gap between a school’s weakest students and the state average. Schools can pick up 10 points for innovation.

Among the subcategories for progress, achievement gap and innovation, the charter schools did even better than their overall scores, as Holliday said they should. In the progress subtotal, about half of the elementary and middle schools outperformed their districts while three-fourths of the high schools did. In reducing achievement gaps, 56 percent of the charter elementary schools exceeded their districts, and two-thirds of the middle and high schools did. In innovation, 44 percent of the elementary schools, 73 percent of the middle schools and 50 percent of the high schools bested their districts.

The commission has granted charters to 14 schools, one of which wasn’t in operation during the 2011-12 school year. Voters approved a constitutional amendment to allow it to authorize independent schools over the objections of the districts where they are located.

The charter-school scores we pretty good considering most of the schools had not been in operation long, meaning they would not have had much time to make an impact on students, said Commission Chairman Charles Knapp.

Plus, he noted, they were all in turmoil over a decision by the Georgia Supreme Court that invalidated the law that created the schools, which was later addressed by the constitutional amendment.

CHARTER REPORT

Here’s the list of state-chartered schools that outperformed the average for schools in the districts where they are located on the 2011-12 College and Career Readiness Performance Index:

ELEMENTARY

• Coweta Charter Academy

• Pataula Charter Academy

• Ivy Preparatory Academy at Kirkwood

MIDDLE SCHOOL

• Fulton Leadership Academy

• Ivy Preparatory Academy at Gwinnett

• Ivy Preparatory Academy at Kirkwood

• Ivy Preparatory Academy Young Men in DeKalb County

HIGH SCHOOL

• Ivy Preparatory Academy at Gwinnett

Source: Georgia State Charter Schools Commission

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lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 05/30/13 - 08:24 am
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HEY MS. CAIN
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i guess you and the other school board members don't want to see an article like this....its like a punch in the stomach you weren't expecting...CHARTER/MAGNET SCHOOLS WORK!!!! because of MANDATED PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT..the day you and your cohorts realize and accept it and build the school district's education model like the one used in davidson, johnson, and ct walker is the day you will see drastic improvement in the other under-performing/failing schools...it's time to stop draining the property owners and throwing money away on schools such as josey/laney and wasteful, useless, and ineffective programs that have shown not to work-SEE TEST SCORES AND GRADUATION RATES...

maandpa
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maandpa 05/30/13 - 09:14 am
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Just an experiment

The taxpayers do not mind funding an experiment. And where are the online schools in this report that the taxpayers are funding? Plus comparing one school of students to an entire district filled with schools and the result is still 66% below the district results reveals that charter schools are not solving the problem with low performance. In the meantime, furloughs and budget cuts continue that school districts are trying to manage.

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Bodhisattva 05/31/13 - 06:00 am
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On the Georgia Department of

On the Georgia Department of Education website they list 122 approved charter schools. On The Georgia Charter Schools Association's website ( A 501(c)(3) Wouldn't it be nice if corporations and people like the Walton family came in and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to help improve individual public schools?) I count 57. On the above list, I count 8. They say they granted charters to 14, one of which wasn't in operation. Where did all of the other schools go?

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