From a CNBC Press Release:
“On the 2013 New York State exam, aligned for the first time with the rigorous Common Core State Standards, Success Academy Schools ranked in the top 1 percent of all New York schools in math and in the top 7 percent in English language arts. Two Success Academy Schools in the South Bronx—where the poverty rate is 88 percent—ranked among the top 25 schools in the state. African-American and Hispanic scholars from Success schools outperformed white students across the state by more than 51 points in math and 27 points in English” (emphasis added).
The article continues:
“The comparisons to traditional public schools in shared buildings were especially stark: In one Harlem school building, 79 percent of Success Academy’s third-graders passed the math test, while no third-grader in the co-located public school received a passing grade. In another building in the Bronx, where 77 percent of Success Academy third-graders passed the English test, only 3 percent of the co-located students passed. Overall, Success students outperformed students across New York City by 52 percentage points in math and 32 percentage points in English.”
And, here is another comment about the Success Academy charter system in New York City, which is really important as educators in Kentucky’s traditional school system whine about supposed inadequate funding which the Kentucky taxpayer simply cannot afford to increase:
“The nonprofit network of public charter schools receives approximately 70 percent of the public funding allotted to district schools.”
Couldn’t Kentucky use economical school successes like Success Academy in Louisville, Covington, Newport, etc? Why do Kentucky educators stand in the way of what is clearly best for kids?