Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Grades for charter schools?

A number of people asked why charter schools haven’t gotten letter grades. The answer I’ve received is that:

Charters are on a slightly later schedule. They will get Progress Reports with underlying data, but most haven't yet. (Obviously,  this only applies to charters that have been around long enough for there to be data.) This year there will be no grades
just  the data. It's unclear if the data will be made public. The intersection with the charter law is still being evaluated. The consequences will likely be left to the charter authorizer.

Below is a NY Post article on this.  I agree that charter schools should be evaluated and receive grades, just like any other public school.

By YOAV GONEN Education Reporter

November 7, 2007 -- While the city graded 1,224 public schools from A to F for the first time this week, report cards for its 60 charter schools were stamped with a different mark: incomplete.

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