High-Needs Students More Likely to Graduate from Charter Schools, Grad Rate Growing Faster Than State Average

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Graduation data released today shows New York charter schools are again out-performing the statewide averages for all but one group of disadvantaged students. Black and Hispanic students, students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students were all more likely to graduate from charter high schools than their counterparts in district schools.
 
For Immediate Release: Monday, June 23, 2014
Contact: Jessica Mokhiber, jmokhiber@necharters.org, 518-573-0516
 
 
High-Needs Students More Likely to Graduate from Charter Schools, Grad Rate Growing Faster Than State Average
 
Albany, NY – Graduation data released today shows New York charter schools are again out-performing the statewide averages for all but one group of disadvantaged students. Black and Hispanic students, students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students were all more likely to graduate from charter high schools than their counterparts in district schools. The only deviation was among Limited English Proficient students, where charter schools were 7 points below the state average.
 
Charter school graduation rates are also increasing at a faster rate than the statewide average, growing five points since last year compared to the statewide growth of 1 point. Since 2009, charter school graduation rates have improved by 23 points while the state average has risen by only three.
 
Northeast Charter Schools President Bill Phillips said, “We are pleased but not surprised by these numbers. New York State’s charter schools can provide an excellent option for all students, regardless of their needs. It is our hope that all children in the state get the education and extra attention they need to graduate high school.”
 
“There is also room for improvement, which is why we’re puzzled that the Assembly refuses to vote on the Charter School Students with Special Needs Act. This bill would allow charters to create innovative collaborative classrooms to serve ELL and special education students.  It has passed the Senate multiple times, but special interest groups have blocked it in the Assembly, year after year.”
 
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The average graduation rates for charters in the state’s biggest cities—New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany--are all higher than their local school districts.
 
The data released today includes graduation rates from each school district throughout New York State, from the wealthiest districts to the poorest.
 
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools in the region.
 
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