03/30/16 – A study released this week by Education Cities and GreatSchools identified public schools were the achievement gap is particularly low, or nonexistent. 70% of the Miami-Dade County schools listed in the report were charter schools.
Congratulations to the charter schools below for helping low income students achieve:
- Archimedean Middle Conservatory
- Just Arts And Management Charter Middle School
- Mater Academy East Charter
- Mater Grove Academy
- Pinecrest Academy (North Campus)
- Pinecrest Academy Middle School (North Campus)
- Mater Academy Middle and High
- Mater Lakes Middle and High
- Youth Co-Op Charter School
- Mater Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy
In an article published by The Miami Herald (03/30/16), two charter school principals spoke about the ranking and what their programs do to get students to achieve:
In Miami-Dade, 20 schools were recognized by the Education Equality Index for having an achievement gap that is particularly low — or nonexistent. Many were charters, which are publicly funded but privately run.
Among them were a group of schools under the Mater Academy name and management. Judith Marty is principal of Mater Academy Middle, Mater Academy High and Mater Performing Arts and Entertainment.
Marty said her schools excel because of a “culture of high expectations for everyone,” along with support such as tutoring for both high achievers and struggling students. “I think that everybody can learn, but not everybody can learn at the same pace,” Marty said.
Some schools that were singled out saw double-digit test score gains among poor students.
At Pinecrest Academy North, also a charter, the percentage of economically disadvantaged students earning a “satisfactory” score jumped by 38 points in math and 21 points in reading over four years.”
In the same period, Miami-Dade as a district posted gains of nine points in math and five in reading. The state improved six points in math and three in reading.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article69293712.html#storylink=cpy
Education Equality Index ranks schools, cities and states on achievement gap, Education Dive By Erin McIntyre |
- A new ranking, the Education Equality Index, was released this week by the school reform organizations Education Cities and GreatSchools, with funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
- The EEI examines “equality of opportunity” in U.S. schools across the 100 largest cities in 35 states, finding that in major cities, between 2011 and 2014, the achievement gap between low-income students and middle and upper class students remained the same or grew.
- At the same time, the accompanying report shows progress: 90% of major cities have schools that are closing such gaps.