New Report: Charter Schools Over-represented Among Best Public Schools Serving Latinos in San Jose

June 1, 2013

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A new report released by Innovate Public Schools in May 2013 found some troubling trends about Silicon Valley public schools - low percentages of college readiness for Latino, African-American and Pacific Islander students.

The report also highlighted some public schools that are bucking that trend - including many charter schools. The report includes profiles on Rocketship Mateo Sheedy: Top elementary school in the region for Latino API and Aspire Phoenix Academy: Fourth highest-performing high school in the region for % of Latino students who graduate in 4 years eligible for a state university.

Here are a few of the report's major findings:

  • This is a region-wide problem: Low percentages of college readiness for Latino, African-American, and Pacific Islander students across districts in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Individual schools buck the trends, but districts do not.
  • Charter schools are over-represented among the top public schools serving Latino students. Among all schools, charters are three times more likely to be ranked in the top 10%. When the report considers only schools with a Latino student population that is at least the region average of 38%, about half of the charters place in the top 10% of schools, based on Latino API for elementary schools, 8th grade algebra proficiency and UC/CSU eligibility.
  • There are surprises at the top and the bottom. From the perspective of a low-income Latino family looking for good schools, one of the best places to live is now Alum Rock, where there are high quality charter schools and several of the top district-run schools in the region. On the other hand, the numbers are particularly low in places like Berryessa, San Mateo-Foster City and Sunnyvale, where only 10% of Latinos reach proficiency in algebra by 8th grade.
  • Schools at the top of the list have a culture of high expectations, focused on getting every child to grade level and college-ready.

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