Congrats to kids & teachers @ Democracy Prep on becoming top-ranked middle school in all of New York City! http://bit.ly/934Kya
That is, the charter middle school with the highest overall score of any middle school in the city which arguably has the best crop of charter middle schools in the country has ELA scores less than the city or state average.
Which is to say, it is a good school! But it isn't eliminating the ELA achievement gap, even after students spend three years in the school.
However, Democracy Prep still rates an "A," unlike some other well regarded NYC charters (just going through the ones I can think of, tbh):
- Harlem Children's Zone/Promise Academy Charter School: B
- Harlem Children's Zone/Promise Academy II: C
- Harlem Success Academy 1 Charter School: A
- KIPP AMP: C
- KIPP Infinity: A
- KIPP S.T.A.R.: B
- KIPP Academy: A
- Achievement First Crown Heights: C
- Achievement First East NY: C
- Achievement First Endeavor: C
- Achievement First Bushwick: B
One thing that's peculiar about Democracy Prep's scores is the change in their relationship to other city schools. Last year their proficiency rate was about 20% above the city average, now it is about the same. The report card gives each school a somewhat cryptic percentile score compared to other schools in its "peer horizon" (similar demographics, etc.). Last year, in ELA level 3 or 4 proficiency this came out to 136.6%. This year, it is just 34.4%. That's a pretty steep drop! Compared to the whole city that went from 78.7% to 35.3%.
I have no particular insight into what that might mean...