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.
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?
- Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet
- Downtown Magnets High School
- 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.