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Philly charters see yearly progress benchmarks downgraded

By the Notebook on Jan 23, 2013 02:04 PM

by Paul Socolar and Dale Mezzacappa

Twenty Philadelphia charter schools that had been previously listed as meeting the state's Adequate Yearly Progress standard in 2012 have now been graded by the state as not making AYP.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education was ordered by the federal government to recalculate and publish [Excel spreadsheet] AYP status for charters using the same standard used for traditional district schools.

Before getting federal approval, Secretary of Education Ronald Tomalis had treated charters as districts rather than as individual schools. Charter advocates argued that this was fair because some charters are larger than small districts in the state.

The district standard is not as strict as the individual school standard. A district can make Adequate Yearly Progress if only one grade span (3-5, 6-8, 9-12) hits the targets as opposed to every single grade.

On its main website for finding school achievement ratings, the state is still displaying AYP status for the charters using the district-level standards. PDE spokesman Tim Eller said that this site would be updated in early February.

Using the school standard, 23 out of 80 Philadelphia charters met the state's AYP standard in 2012, compared to 43 under the standard Tomalis originally applied. That is a success rate of 29 percent. That is still better than the rate for District-run schools.

Only 33 District schools, or 13 percent of the total, made the state standards, which became significantly tougher last year.

In all, more than a quarter of the city's charter schools had their status downgraded. Three of six charters that were originally listed as "making progress" using the district-level standard were also downgraded.

Only one of 13 Renaissance charter schools, Mastery at Mann, met the AYP standard.

Among those downgraded were Belmont, Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures, Franklin Towne, the two KIPP schools, Mariana Bracetti, Mastery Shoemaker, Math, Civics and Sciences, and MAST Community Charter.

According to the Allentown Morning Call, statewide, using Tomalis' method of treating them as districts, 77 charters, or 49 percent, met the AYP standard. Under the standard that treats them as individual schools, 43 made the yearly progress standard.


(For the schools whose status was changed to reflect the now-recalculated standard, the school's original status is shown in the rightmost column.)

School Name Updated Status (school-level)  Original Status (district-level)
Ad Prima CS Made AYP  
Alliance for Progress CS Warning Made AYP
Antonia Pantoja Community CS Warning Made AYP
Arch and Design CHS Corrective Action 2 (second year)  
Arise Academy Charter HS School Improvement 2  
Aspira Bilingual Cyber Charter School School Improvement 1  
Belmont CS School Improvement 1 Made AYP
Birney Prep Acad Warning  
Boys Latin of Philadelphia CS Warning  
Christopher Columbus CS Made AYP  
Comm Acad of Phila CS Corrective Action 2 (sixth year)  
Delaware Valley CHS Warning  
Discovery Charter School Made AYP  
Eastern University Acad CS Warning  
Eugenio Maria De Hostos CS Made AYP  
First Phila CS for Literacy Warning  
Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures CS Warning Made AYP
Franklin Towne Charter Elem School Warning Made AYP
Franklin Towne CHS Made AYP  
Freire CS Warning  
Frontier Virtual CHS Warning  
Global Leadership Academy CS Warning Made AYP
Green Woods CS Made AYP  
Hardy Williams CS Warning Made AYP
Hope CS Corrective Action 2 (sixth year)  
Imani Education Circle CS School Improvement 1  
Imhotep Institute CS Warning  
Independence CS Warning  
John B Stetson Charter School School Improvement 1  
Khepera CS Made AYP  
KIPP Philadelphia Charter School Warning Made AYP
KIPP West Philadelphia Prep CS Warning Made AYP
Laboratory CS Made AYP  
Mariana Bracetti Acad CS Corrective Action 2 (second year) Made AYP
Maritime Academy CS Made AYP  
Mast Community CS Warning Made AYP
Mastery Charter School Harrity Campus School Improvement 1 Made AYP
Mastery Charter School Mann Campus Made AYP  
Mastery Charter School Smedley Campus School Improvement 1  
Mastery CS - Clymer Elementary Warning  
Mastery CS - Gratz Campus Warning  
Mastery CS - Lenfest Campus Made AYP  
Mastery CS - Pickett Campus School Improvement 1  
Mastery CS - Shoemaker Campus Warning Made AYP
Mastery CS - Thomas Campus Warning  
Math Civics & Sciences CS Warning Made AYP
Multi-Cultural Academy CS Warning  
New Foundations CS Made AYP  
New Media Technology CS School Improvement 2 Making Progress: School Improvement 1
Northwood Academy CS Made AYP  
Nueva Esperanza Acad CS Corrective Action 1 Making Progress: School Improvement 2
Olney Charter HS Warning  
Pan American Academy CS Made AYP  
People for People CS School Improvement 2 Made AYP
Phila Elec & Tech CHS Warning  
Philadelphia Acad CS Corrective Action 2 (second year) Made AYP
Philadelphia Harambee Inst CS Making Progress - in School Improvement 1  
Philadelphia Montessori CS Corrective Action 2 (first year) Corrective Action 1
Philadelphia Perf Arts CS Made AYP  
Planet Abacus CS Made AYP  
Preparatory CS of Math Science Tech & Careers Made AYP  
Richard Allen Prep CS Made AYP  
Russell Byers CS Made AYP  
Sankofa Freedom Academy CS Making Progress - in School Improvement 1  
Southwest Leadership Academy CS Made AYP  
Tacony Academy Charter School School Improvement 1  
Truebright Science Academy CS Made AYP  
Universal Audenried CS Warning  
Universal Bluford CS School Improvement 1 Made AYP
Universal Daroff CS Corrective Action 2 (second year) Making Progress: in Corrective Action 2
Universal Institute CS Warning Made AYP
Universal Vare CS Warning  
Wakisha CS Making Progress - in Corrective Action 2 (third year)  
Walter Palmer Ldrshp Learning Prtnrs CS Corrective Action 2 (fifth year)  
West Oak Lane CS Made AYP  
West Phila Achievement CS Corrective Action 1  
Wissahickon CS Warning Made AYP
World Communications CS Warning  
Young Scholars CS Made AYP  
Young Scholars Frederick Douglass CS School Improvement 1 Made AYP
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Comments (11)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 23, 2013 6:49 pm
It's funny they're giving universal and mastery and kipp all of these schools and their struggling younge scholars isn't performing ant better then when I taught at Frederick Douglass elementary go figure same kids same parents why would the be able to work mirivkes and seasoned teachers had a difficult time doing it?
Submitted by Gtown_teach (not verified) on January 23, 2013 6:15 pm
Yeah, it's funny how KIPP and Universal in the toilet after this. Maybe we can see that charters are no better, if not worse than public schools. Let's fold this law and go back to public schools being public.
Submitted by RogueTeacher (not verified) on January 23, 2013 8:58 pm
This just makes me think about how it doesn't really matter what kind of school it is, charter or public. These results are similar to the SDP's results as a whole. Some schools make AYP, some have warnings, etc. Is it that the PSSA criteria for results plus all the other AYP criteria are unrealistic? Are they set too high? Quite frankly, the PSSA is a waste of time and money. The other criteria for AYP are insulting for the most part. This just further proves that education as an entire system is failing. I hope parents see this and realize that if they stand up and fight for their neighborhood public schools, that things could turn around, that they can have a voice and invoke positive change.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 23, 2013 10:02 pm
We already knew this....lmfao.charters are a money pit scam.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 24, 2013 12:07 am
of the 30 schools with the biggest gains in the pssa exam, 25 were charters. charters made ayp at a rate that's twice the districts. You live in a glass house.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 24, 2013 6:56 am
Can't you read? "Under Tomalis' system, 77 charter schools — or 49 percent — made AYP when they were measured as school districts. But when tabulated as individual schools, only 43 — or 28 percent — made AYP, according to a Morning Call analysis of state data. By comparison, 49 percent of the state's public schools made AYP and about 61 percent of the state's 499 school districts that administered the PSSAs did, too.",0,2120...
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 24, 2013 4:47 pm
lmao,get a life,i think your the type of person that thinks charters are a great thing,i may live in a grass house but you live in a fantasy world.......lmao
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 24, 2013 5:10 am
When are we going to stop giving credence to the absurd system of AYP? No school (district, charter, or otherwise) should have their worth and especially their growth measured through this lens. As educators we need to keep reminding our city of this truth and stop using this skewed system to inform our opinions.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 24, 2013 1:19 pm
Yes, shame on those Renaissance charter schools for not making AYP after taking over the worst-performing district schools. Give me a break. That these charters are not able to reform students who have been subject to a decade of learning in SDP is not measuring anything whatsoever. And why is the controlling philosophy that learning/test scores are 100% a function of the school? We can't go anywhere if we're starting with that premise.
Submitted by Ken Derstine on January 24, 2013 2:25 pm
But isn't that the premise being used to transfer students to charters and Renaissance schools. "And why is the controlling philosophy that learning/test scores are 100% a function of the school?" is what No Child Left Behind was about. This is precisely what defenders of public schools have been saying. High-stakes tests were originally the pretext for opening charters and closing public schools. Saying that social factors were a factor in AYP was dismissed as having "low expectations". Even the SRC has abandoned this scam. Many of the 37 schools they want to close have consistently made AYP. Even they cannot say the problem is "bad teachers", the myth you still buy into. Just watch the community meetings on live stream to see parents and students defending their schools and teachers! The problem is the decades long underfunding of urban public schools.
Submitted by Clash Of Clans Hack (not verified) on February 14, 2013 8:21 am
I knew about this a lot of time before, they are all a big scam!! Clash Of Clans Hack

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