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Statement on Statewide Test Score Results


Contact: Jon Reinish 202-999-0461


(New York, NY, July 17, 2012) Today, the New York State Education Department announced the results ­of the 2012 State English Language Arts (ELA) and Math exams. They show 72% of students in New York City charter schools met standards in math, up from 69% last year. In ELA, 51% of students were proficient, up from 45% last year.

The following is a statement from James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center, regarding the results:

"These results reflect another strong performance for New York City charter schools and show once again why parental demand for charters continues to climb across the city. Most striking is how much the city’s charter schools are narrowing the racial and ethnic achievement gaps with more affluent schools across the state. Even though New York City charter schools serve students who are overwhelmingly disadvantaged economically and largely African-American and Hispanic, they are proficient in math at nearly the same rate as white students are across New York. In English Language Arts, proficiency rates for African-American and Hispanic charter school students exceed New York City district school averages by more than ten percentage points."

Highlights include:

  • In math, 72% of students are proficient, up three points over last year.
  • In ELA, 51% of students are proficient, up nearly seven points over last year.
  • Within all reported subgroups (Black, Hispanic, English Language Learners, students with disabilities), charter schools outperform NYC averages.
  • NYC charter schools exceeded the statewide average proficiency in math (72.0% vs. 64.8%).
  • Over the last two years (i.e. since 2009-10), NYC charter school students’ ELA proficiency has increased by nine percentage points in both Math and ELA.
  • More than one in four NYC charter school students scored “Advanced” (Level 4) in Math (26.5%, up from 21.2%).


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 builds community support so that highly effective schools can flourish.

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 more than 75 percent are from low-income families. There are currently 136 public charter schools serving students in all five boroughs.

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