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NCSN: 81 Percent of Connecticut Charter Schools Out-Perform Host Districts in 2013 State Assessment

By Northeast Charter Schools Network

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Hartford, CT - Last week, the Connecticut State Department of Education released its 2013 School and District Performance Reports, which evaluates student performance across the entire state. Data from the report show Connecticut public charter schools continue to out-perform their local school districts on the state’s School Performance Index (SPI).

Most notably, the data found:
81% of Connecticut charters scored higher than their host districts.
Charters were in the top 10 of all public schools in the state’s largest cities of Hartford, Bridgeport, and New Haven — even when including highly selective magnet schools.
The vast majority of charter schools also out-performed their host districts with at-risk student groups, including:
86% with black students
77% with Latino students
81% with low-income students
75% with “high need” students (combined special education, English language learner, and low-income students)

NECSN Connecticut State Director, Jeremiah Grace, made the following statement:

"These results show that the tireless efforts of our teachers and families are paying off. On average, the state’s charters are out-performing the district schools in their neighborhoods — even with the most at-risk students.

“While work remains, charters are showing promising results while teaching students in some of our most challenged communities. These results demonstrate why parental support for charter schools is higher than ever, and why state policymakers have made a commitment to grow the number of public charter schools across the state."

About the Northeast Charter Schools Network

The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in Connecticut and New York. Its mission is to support and expand high-quality charter schools in the region so that all students can receive a great public education.

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