100% of Urban Public Charter Schools Receive State’s Highest Academic Ranking;
96% of Suburban and Rural Public Charter Schools Ranked Among the Best
BOSTON, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 –New MCAS/PARCC scores released by the state show that public charter schools continue to close achievement gaps between low-income African American and Latino children and their white suburban peers.
Every public charter school in Boston and the state’s other urban communities ranked Level 1 or Level 2 in the state’s accountability system, placing them in the highest categories for academic performance.
By contrast, nearly half the children (47%) in traditional public schools in those same communities are attending schools the state considers underperforming – Levels 3, 4 or 5.
Suburban and rural public charters also received high marks from the state. In suburban and rural districts, more than 96% of children attending public charters are attending schools ranked Level 1 or 2. Across the state, 93% of the children in non-urban districts are attending schools that are ranked Level 1 or 2.
“These scores indicate the positive impact public charter schools are having on disadvantaged students,” Marc Kenen said. “Charter schools are providing high quality public school alternatives for parents whose children are attending failing schools. Statewide, more than 30,000 children are on waiting lists for seats in public charter schools – openings that won’t come unless arbitrary caps on charter enrollment are lifted at the ballot box this November.”
Question 2 would allow the state to approve additional charters in the state’s lowest performing districts in a measured and strategic way, allowing for charters to grow where they are most needed and ensuring fair access to high quality public schools.
Under the state’s accountability system, schools and districts are graded based on raw academic scores and how much their students progress over time. There are five levels in the system; schools in the top two levels meet or exceed academic expectations, while schools in Levels 3, 4 or 5 are considered underperforming.
Level 1 schools in urban districts include:
- KIPP Academy Boston Charter School, Boston
- Boston Renaissance Charter Public School, Boston
- Conservatory Lab Charter School, Boston-Brighton
- Codman Academy Charter Public School, Boston-Dorchester
- Neighborhood House Charter School, Boston-Dorchester
- Brooke Charter School East Boston, Boston-East Boston
- Brooke Charter School Roslindale, Boston-Roslindale
- Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, Boston-Roxbury
- Brooke Charter School Mattapan, Boston-South Boston
- Hampden Charter School of Science, Chicopee
- Pioneer Charter School of Science, Everett
- Sizer School – A North Central Charter Essential School, Fitchburg
- Community Day Charter Public School – Prospect, Lawrence
- Lawrence Family Development Charter School, Lawrence
- Lowell Community Charter Public School, Lowell
- Kipp Academy Lynn Charter School, Lynn
- Salem Academy Charter School, Salem
- Martin Luther King Jr Charter School of Excellence, Springfield
- Seven Hills Charter School, Worcester
Level 2 schools in urban districts include:
- Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy Charter Public School, Boston
- City On A Hill Charter Public School Circuit Street, Boston
- MATCH Charter Public School , Boston
- Boston Collegiate Charter School, Boston-Dorchester
- Excel Academy Charter School, Boston-East Boston
- Academy Of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School, Boston-Hyde Park
- Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, Boston-Hyde Park
- Atlantis Charter School, Fall River
- Hill View Montessori Charter Public School, Haverhill
- Holyoke Community Charter School, Holyoke
- Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, Malden
- Global Learning Charter Public School, New Bedford
- Sabis International Charter School, Springfield
- Abby Kelley Foster Regional Charter Public School, Worcester