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Los Angeles Charter Schools Are Outperforming Traditional Schools in Math and English

Today, California will release the 2015-2016 CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance) Scores. But I have already seen them. There are three things that stood out. First, in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), charter schools outperformed traditional schools in both math and English. Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 3.27.21 PM To get these numbers, I excluded all continuation schools, special ed schools, community day schools and any other non-traditional schools. I also relied on the California Department of Education's record of charter schools. Second, there are three very successful schools that stood out. I believe they are 90-90-90 schools (or at least very close). That means they have:
  • 90 percent of students living at or near poverty.
  • 90 percent students of color.
  • 90 percent meet or exceeded standards.
Those three schools?
  1. Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet
  2. Downtown Magnets High School
  3. KIPP Illuminar
I have highlighted Bravo and Downtown in previous articles with their high University of California acceptance rates and other amazing quantitative measures. KIPP Illuminar counts, but I have to note, they only test third-grade right now, so they have a very small sample size. The last thing I noticed is about charter networks. Every charter network has some successful schools and some not-so-successful schools. KIPP is a beast, almost all the schools are high performing, but then they have KIPP Philosophers Academy, which performs about as well as LAUSD. Green Dot has clearly struggled with several schools in the West Athens area. And Aspire continues to struggle with it’s Juanita Tate campus. There is a lot more data to dig through, but these are some immediate things that stood out. Stay tuned.  
An original version of this post appeared on School Data Nerd as I have seen the latest CAASPP Scores…Here’s what stood out.
Benjamin Feinberg is an eighth-grade math teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School. After school, he is a MESA advisor and coaches students to run the Los Angeles Marathon with Students Run Los Angeles. He has taught in charter schools and public schools during his eight years working in education. He has a master's in urban education from Loyola Marymount University.

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