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2016-17 TEST SCORES SHOW WIDENING PROFICIENCY GAP BETWEEN CHARTER, DISTRICT STUDENTS: NEW YORK CITY CHARTER SCHOOL CENTER ANALYSIS

August 25, 2017
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Contact: Mitch Schwartz, 914-330-1026

2016-17 TEST SCORES SHOW WIDENING PROFICIENCY GAP BETWEEN CHARTER, DISTRICT STUDENTS: NEW YORK CITY CHARTER SCHOOL CENTER ANALYSIS

Proficiency Gap Continues to Grow as Charter Students of Color and Students from Low-Income Families Outperform District Peers

New York – The New York City Charter School Center (“Charter Center”) released its in-depth analysis of New York State’s 2016-17 math and ELA assessment results for NYC charter schools. The interactive presentation, which can be found here, allows users to visualize data by year, grade and location. Some key findings from the Charter Center’s analysis include:

  • Charter students outperform their district peers in both English Language Arts (ELA) and math: 48.2% vs. 40.6% in ELA, and 51.7% vs. 37.8% in math (+12.3 points).
  • Proficiency rates for students with special needs in charter schools jumped from 16.1% to 19.5% (3.4 percentage points) in ELA compared to a jump for district school students from 9.3% to 10.7% (1.3 percentage points).
  • Growth in proficiency rates for ELLs in charter schools is particularly significant from 2016 to 2017. In math, the increase was very strong with 6.7 percentage points and in ELA, 6.2 percentage points, compared to the district where proficiency rates jumped by 1.7 and 1.2 points, respectively.
  • In math, 15 of the top 25 schools in NYC by proficiency rate are charter schools. Most of the district schools on the list are either screened or located in wealthy communities.
  • For the first time, Black New York City charter school students outperformed white test takers statewide in both ELA and math (in ELA, 48.3% to 47.1%; in math, 51.3% to 50.4%).

Please attribute the following quote to James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center:

“As has been true for more than a decade, charter school students continue to lead the way. Charter students outperformed their district counterparts not only in the percent of children passing, but also in growth year over year. The differences are even wider when comparing the performance of NYC Black and Hispanic students to their counterparts in district schools. 

"These results, together with recent studies showing charter school students succeeding in college at unprecedented rates, are why we continue to call for more charter schools to open, for more equitable allocation of space in public facilities, and for fair funding. We look forward to growing our partnership with the de Blasio administration to address these issues and to collaborate in support of all of our public school students.

"We congratulate the hardworking students, teachers, leaders and families in NYC charter schools.”

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About the New York City Charter School Center
The New York City Charter School Center is an independent non-profit committed to fostering an environment in which public charters can open and flourish, and, through their innovative approaches, provide models for improving all public schools. The Charter Center helps new charter schools get started, supports existing schools, and engages the charter school community around key issues.  Learn more about the New York City Charter School Center at www.nyccharterschools.org.

About NYC’s Charter Schools
Charter schools are free, independently run public schools that are able to innovate in their classroom structures, curriculum, and teaching methods. In return, they’re held to higher standards of accountability. More than 90 percent of the City’s charter school students are African-American or Latino, and over 70 percent are from low-income families. There will be 227 public charter schools serving nearly 115,000 students in all five boroughs for the 2017-2018 school year.

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