Wednesday, November 03, 2010

What's an Appropriate Goal for Evaluating High Charter Density Cities?

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools:

The "Top 10" highest percentages of public charter school students are in these 12 districts: New Orleans Public School System (61 percent), District of Columbia Public Schools, (38 percent), Detroit Public Schools (36 percent), Kansas City, Mo. (32 percent), Dayton Public Schools, Ohio (29 percent), Flint Community Schools, Mich. (29 percent), Gary Community School Corporation, Ind. (28 percent), DeSoto Independent School District, Texas (27 percent), St. Louis Public Schools, Mo. (27 percent), Central Dauphin School District, Pa. (26 percent), Albany City School District (24, percent) and West Chester Area School District, Pa. (23 percent).

How will we know if they've succeeded in "significantly improving public education?" Do they have to close the achievement gap and turn around the local economy? Or just bump scores up a few points? 'Cause you know the rhetoric points to the former.

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