CT Charter Schools - A Closer Look May 2010

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Do better-performing charter schools have a more selective student population than their host urban school district? Does this help explain their better academic results? See what the data show for better-performing charter schools in Connecticut.
  CONNECTICUT’S CHARTER SCHOOLS A closer look May 2010  Marilyn Ondrasikmarilyn.ondrasik@gmail.com  Better Performing Charter Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress or Safe Harbor in 2 of last 3 years 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06 Amistad AcademyCommon Ground High SchoolElm City College Preparatory SchoolHighvilleCharter SchoolIntegrated Day Charter SchoolJumokeAcademyNew Beginnings Family AcademyOdyssey Community School Note: These 8 better performing charter schools represent 57% of the 14 Connecticut charter schools evaluated under No Child Left Behind.Source: Connecticut State Department of Education website,www.sde.ct.gov  Urban School Districts Have aDiverse Student Population  –  More Than Poor Students Key urban student demographics include:  Low-income students   Low-income students who are not fluent in English   Low-income students receiving special education services  Two recent studies have found that charter schools are more segregated than public schools. Miron, G., Urschel, J. L., Mathis, W, J., & Tornquist, E. (2010). Schools without Diversity: Education Management Organizations, Charter Schools and the Demographic Stratification of the American School System . Boulder and Tempe: Education and the Public Interest Center& Education Policy Research Unit,http://epicpolicy.org/publication/schools-without-diversityFrankenberg, E., Siegel-Hawley, G., Wang, J. (2010). Choice without Equity: Charter School Segregation and the Need for Civil RightsStandards . Los Angeles, CA: The Civil Rights Project/ProyectoDerechosCivilesat UCLA,http://www.civilrightsproject.ucla.edu/news/pressreleases/pressrelease20100204-report.html
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