Where do Charters rank in the city?
Since we’re on the topic of charter and I woke up to read several comments about Ben Jarovsky’s current Reader article about Senator Kirk’s misrepresentation of the success of charter schools (which WE discussed weeks ago – yay us!)
Unfortunately, I find Jarovsky’s article almost as misleading as Kirk’s. Kirk or his people clearly stole a blurb that Rahm or his people came up with about the top high schools in the city being charters. Obviously anyone reading here knows that they needed the disclaimed “Other Than Selective High Schools.” They didn’t include that which makes it horrible fact-reporting. But when I pull a list by ACT scores, I have to admit, the charters don’t make a bad showing. So I don’t love Ben’s articles that spends 2 pages about how Kirk messed up. Yes, he did. Dumb-*ass error, but let’s get to the heart of the matter. Charter performance. Ben says they should be compared to SE high schools and I disagree. He came up with an analysis that is different than mine and I’m curious about it, just as he was about Kirk’s. Link to the story is down below.
I posted the following comment on his article:
Point taken, both Rahm and Kirk reported an inaccurate “data blurb” about charters. I am not necessarily pro-charter, but I’m pro-data. They way they reported it is inexcusable. However I STRONGLY believe that one needs to remove the SE high schools when comparing “the rest.” It’s no secret that those schools take the very top students in the city based on test scores and grade. It’s not even close to comparable.
I ranked ACT scores for 2011 and removed SE, Military (I don’t know the admission criteria there) and a couple other schools that use test/grade-selective components.
I am left with the following list. To ME it looks like the charters occupy a prime spot above the neighborhood schools – on par with a few Magnet high schools. A list of CPS elem schools would show the same Magnet effect. Charters are acting like magnets (which in essence they are.) Does that make it right or wrong to operated them? I don’t know. Perhaps CPS could open more magnet high schools and get the same results.
I am curious about your numbers though. As a data person, I just like to make sure I’m getting the real picture and it seems like you are as well. Can we reconcile these?
Ranked by Avg 2011 ACT score
NOBLE ST CHTR-UIC 21.2 Charter
NOBLE ST CHTR-PRITZKER 21.0 Charter
DEVRY HS 20.7 Magnet
NOBLE ST CHTR-NOBLE 20.6 Charter
CHGO AGR HS 20.4 Magnet
NOBLE ST CHTR-RAUNER 20.2 Charter
NOBLE ST CHTR-COMER 20.1 Charter
NOBLE ST CHTR-GOLDER 20.1 Charter
KENWOOD HS 19.2 Neighborhood
CICS-NORTHTOWN 19.0 Charter
NOBLE ST CHTR-ROWE CLARK 18.9 Charter
UNO CHTR – MAJOR HECTOR P.GARCIA 18.7 Charter
CHICAGO VIRTUAL CHTR CAMPUS HS 18.5 Charter
CHGO ACAD HS 18.4 Designated Small School
TAFT HS 18.2 Neighborhood with AC for middle school
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