DOE reports that Charter School Students are Making Academic Gains

NEW REPORT COMPARES ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF CHARTER AND DISTRICT-RUN PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

FLORIDA - May 19, 2014 – A new report released by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) in May 2014, compares charter and district-run public school students statewide in terms of proficiency, learning gains and achievement gap.

A summary of results documented in Student Achievement in Florida’s Charter Schools: A Comparison of the Performance of Charter School Students with Traditional Public School Students are as follows:

• In 58 of the 63 separate comparisons of student achievement, students enrolled in charter schools demonstrated higher proficiency rates.

• The percentage of students making learning gains was higher in charter schools in 76 of the 96 comparisons.

• The achievement gap was lower for charter school students in 18 of the 18 comparisons. The report analyzed the gap between white students and African American students, and white students and Hispanic students, in reading, mathematics, and science.

“We are incredibly proud of the positive impact public charter schools have made in Florida. This report by the Florida Department of Education shows that charter schools are helping students learn and make academic gains, especially in underserved communities,” said Robert Haag, President, Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools. “This is the reason parents continue to support charter schools.”

Overall, FLDOE conducted 177 comparisons in three areas: proficiency, achievement gaps and learning gains, and the results of more than 3.2 million test scores from the 2012-13 school year.

Public charter schools are independent public schools with the autonomy and flexibility to provide expanded-learning opportunities to meet students' individual educational needs. For more than 17 years, public charter schools have been a vital part of Florida’s K-12 education system. During the 2012-13 school year, there were more than 209,000 students enrolled in 578 charter schools in 46 Florida districts. Many of these schools have innovative missions and focus on the arts, science or technology. Others serve special populations of students, such as those at risk of academic failure or students with disabilities. Regardless of their mission or focus, all public charter schools are held to a high standard. ###