As charter schools have grown to 41 percent of the DC public school population, charter schools have consistently outperformed both DC Public Schools and the DC statewide average in reading and math.
But looking more closely at the data, which Friends of Choice in Urban Schools
(FOCUS) has done, you can see the remarkable results that charter schools have with low-income students. FOCUS took the the schools in the city that have the highest number of students eligible for free and reduced lunch, and looked at those schools combined math and reading scores. The result? Nine out of the top 10 non-selective schools with more than 50 percent of students on free and reduced lunch are charter schools (scroll to bottom of this page
That means that a school like DC Prep's Edgewood Middle
campus in Ward 5, which has 77 percent of its test-takers who are eligible for free and reduced lunch, had a combined math and reading proficiency rate of 80 percent. Or Achievement Preparatory Academy
in Ward 8, which has 85 percent of its students eligible for free and reduced lunch, had a 77 percent proficient score in reading and math.
Even when you use the same criteria to expand the list to the top 20 non-selective public schools, charters are 18 out of the top 20 schools.