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Sun Feb 21, 2016, 01:10 PM

'Got to Go': high-performing charter schools shed students quickly

Source: The Guardian

'Got to Go': high-performing charter schools shed students quickly

Success Academy, New York City’s largest charter school network, loses more
than 10% of students from grade to grade, compared to 2.7% at nearby schools


George Joseph
Sunday 21 February 2016 18.05 GMT

Brendin Smith was only four years old when his mother, Monique Jeffrey, realized her son was no longer wanted at Success Academy. Jeffrey says that administrators at one of the charter school’s Brooklyn locations told her the kindergartener “wasn’t going to make it”. Jeffrey later found out that Brendin was one of 16 students who been placed on the school’s “Got to Go” list, a list uncovered by the New York Times that singled out students that the school wanted to shed.

Success Academy, the largest charter school network in New York City, also has some of the highest test scores. Critics have alleged that the city achieves this in part by driving low performers out.

A Guardian analysis has found that the school system loses children between the third and fourth grade, the first two years of New York state testing, at a rate four times that of neighboring public schools. Success lost more than 10% of its enrolled student population from grade to grade, compared to the average rate of 2.7% at public schools in the same building or nearby during the same years.

The analysis compared Success and traditional public school populations in high poverty neighborhoods and therefore excluded data from one Success Academy site on the Upper West Side where only about 25% of students were classified as “economically disadvantaged”. This school’s relatively well-to-do student population features the only example of a Success Academy class that grew in size from second to fourth grade.

According to Jeff Jacobs, a researcher at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, chance alone cannot adequately account for these enrollment drop differences. “Within testing years, the enrollment drop rate observed at Success Academy is greater than the enrollment drop rates at next door public schools 70% of the time. Furthermore, in 61% of these cases, this difference is so large that we can reject the hypothesis that it occurred due to random variation in attrition rates, at the 5% significance level.”

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Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/21/success-academy-charter-school-students-got-to-go

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2016, 01:13 PM

1. Shameful

It's all about the money. They don't care a whit about those kids

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Response to noretreatnosurrender (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 21, 2016, 02:35 PM

4. Worse than money..it is about who is labeled "deserving"....

and is not many steps away from eugenics.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2016, 01:36 PM

2. This is where Mrs Clinton and republicans want to take the entire US education system

 

To where students can be rejected at age four.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2016, 01:44 PM

3. Why are 4 year olds in Kindergarten?

I see very few that are truly able to be waived in at 4.

Many that are are retained.

Indiana used to have only one attendance reporting days until Charters started doing this. Now there are two. If they lose students, they lose money.

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