BOSTON CHARTER PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE LOWER ATTRITION RATES AND MORE STABLE ENROLLMENT THAN COMPARABLE BOSTON DISTRICT SCHOOLS

July 16, 2014
Dom Slowey

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) reports two measures of attrition in all public schools in th

  • Over the past three years, school year enrollment stability (i.e. the percent of beginning-year students who finish the academic year in the same school) is:
    • 92% in non-selective Boston charter high schools
    • 74% in non-selective Boston district high schools
    • 80% in selective Boston pilot high schools
    • 97% in selective Boston exam high schools.
  • School-year stability rates in charter high schools range from 84% to 95%.  In BPS high schools, stability rates range from 36% to 98%.

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