CHARTER SCHOOLS NARROW THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP FOR 5th YEAR IN A ROW
Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Education released results yesterday on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) and the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) for the 2013-14 school year to the State Board of Education. For the fifth year in a row, charter schools have narrowed the achievement gap between the state’s historically disadvantaged Black and Latino population and their statewide White and Asian peers
Statewide figures indicate that charter school students demonstrate growth on the NJASK [Figure 1] for the fifth consecutive year in a row with an increase of more than 13 percentage points over the past five years. This news is especially significant in light of statewide scores which remained flat for the past four years, and comparative district scores which saw a slight drop in proficiency. Statewide HSPA scores indicate that charter high school students made significant gains in proficiency of nearly 19 percentage points in the same timespan [Figure 2]. Comparative districts increased by 10 percentage points on HSPA, while the state scores remained the same year-on-year. The charter school students’ scores are encouraging, particularly when viewed across demographic splits addressed in the achievement gap analysis.
The NJASK scores [Figure 3] indicate that charter school students across New Jersey, for the fifth year in a row, made year-on-year gains in proficiency towards narrowing the achievement gap between Black and Latino students and their White and Asian counterparts. After this recent year’s work to strengthen instruction in alignment with the Common Core standards, New Jersey charter school students made gains in both Math and Language Arts Literacy by 10 percentage points.
The HSPA scores [Figure 4] indicate that Black and Latino charter school students across New Jersey surpassed their peers across the state. New Jersey charter high school students made substantial progress towards narrowing the achievement gap with a 19 percentage point increase in proficiency across five years, larger than those made statewide, or by comparative districts.
“The NJASK and HSPA scores released yesterday are a testament to the success of charter schools in New Jersey. Charter school students, parents, and educators are effectively working together to prepare New Jersey students for college, career and life. While we are proud that charter schools have continued to show gains, there is still room for improvement and we are prepared to continuously work with our schools to further strengthen programs as every child deserves a high quality public education that best serves their needs,” said President and CEO Carlos Pérez.
About New Jersey Charter Schools Association
The New Jersey Charter Schools Association (NJCSA) is a statewide association representing the state’s charter school sector. New Jersey is home to 87 charter schools, serving nearly 40,000 children. NJSCA was formed in 1999 and today is charged with advancing a quality public education for New Jersey’s children through quality public charter schools. Our vision is that every child in the State of New Jersey has the opportunity to attend a high quality public school that best meets his or her needs. www.njcharters.org
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