The champs in charters

Twenty-three Michigan charter school campuses claimed at least a tie for a championship in one of eight academic categories in Bridge Magazine’s Academic Charter State Championships for the 2010-11 school year. Champion districts are listed in alphabetical order. Below the winners, you will find a searchable database of all charter school results in the eight academic categories: graduation rate, college readiness, 4th Grade math, writing and reading, 8th Grade math, science and reading.

AGBU Alex-Marie Manoogian School (Southfield) (4th Grade Writing, 4th Grade Math)
Enrollment: 385.
Percentage of free lunch: 47.8 percent.
Key to victory: “We use the Lucy Calkins method and the ‘six traits of writing,’” said Principal Dyana Kezelian. “We do one writing exercise every day.”

Benton Harbor Charter School (4th Grade Math)
Enrollment: 442.
Percentage of free lunch: 97.5 percent.
Key to victory: Did not respond.

Canton Charter Academy (8th Grade Math)
Enrollment: 734.
Percentage of free lunch: 9.2 percent
Key to victory: “Collaboration with other teachers about what the student work actually looks like is powerful," said Principal Catherine Henkenberns. "Teachers are talking about those objectives from kindergarten through 8th grade.”

Central Academy (Ann Arbor) (Graduation Rate)
Enrollment: 531.
Percentage of free lunch: 76 percent.
Key to victory: “We offer individualized curriculum and instruction,” said Luay Shalabi, principal of the school which mainly serves children of Middle Eastern immigrants. “We don't base teaching on subjects, but on students.”

Chandler Woods Charter Academy (Belmont) (4th Grade Writing)
Enrollment: 712.
Percentage of free lunch: 15.6 percent.
Key to victory: “We don’t have a secret,” said Barbara Lindquist, principal. “We practice writing across the curriculum, we write daily, and we have strong lessons. I just think we're doing our best every day.”

Concord Academy-Petoskey (Graduation Rate)
Enrollment: 270.
Percentage of free lunch: 20.2 percent.
Key to victory: “Our expectation is that every student is going to college, at least community college,” said David Hill, executive director of the school, which has a fine arts focus. “The future belongs to the creative class.”

Countryside Academy-Meadowbrook Campus (Berrien County) (8th Grade Reading)
Enrollment: 492.
Percentage of free lunch: 73.6 percent
Key to victory: “Our eighth grade is probably one of our most tested of any of them," said Middle School Prinicipal Steve Rigoni. "We use the Scantron Performance Test (online reading assessment with immediate results) and we give that twice a year. We test reading, writing, and math, and by doing it at the beginning of the year and at the end of the year, we are able to track the growth of each student individually in each one of those subject areas.”

Creative Technologies Academy (Cedar Springs) (4th Grade Math)
Enrollment: 302.
Percentage of free lunch: 21.8 percent.
Key to victory: “We have small class sizes,” said Dan George, school leader “There are about 20-21 students in elementary-grade classrooms, along with a half-time paraprofessional for every teacher. (They get) lots of individual attention. We have wonderful teachers and a wonderful staff.”

Crossroads Academy (Big Rapids) (College Readiness)
Enrollment: 703.
Percentage of free lunch: 44 percent.
Key to victory: “When a social studies paper is turned in with huge issues in grammar, that teacher doesn't say, ‘that’s not my problem.’” said Principal Ross Meads. “The personal connection we have here is an advantage.”

David Ellis Academy (Detroit) (8th Grade Science)
Enrollment: 250.
Percentage of free lunch: 58 percent.
Key to victory: “The culture here is one that preaches, teaches, talks about, and thinks about excellence," said Sylvia Green, director.

David Ellis Academy West (Redford) (8th Grade Math, 8th Grade Science)
Enrollment: 815.
Percentage of free lunch: 61.3 percent.
Key to victory: “We have some fantastic teachers who are willing to differentiate lessons and who do not have traditional standards," said Principal Ticheal Jones. "They are coming up with all kinds of different techniques to ensure that our students have the basic concepts of math down.”

Hillsdale Preparatory School (4th Grade Reading, 4th Grade Math)
Enrollment: 101.
Percentage of free lunch: 36.6.
Key to victory: “We have high expectations,” said headmaster Stephen Philipp, headmaster. “Our board members are big on traditional education. We still offer Latin.”

Honey Creek Community School (Ann Arbor) (8th Grade Reading)
Enrollment: 238.
Percentage of free lunch: 12.1 percent.
Key to victory: “The teachers are very familiar with the student’s abilities, and they can differentiate the work to challenge each student to achieve a greater level," said Director Al Waters. "The other piece that is just as important is that the relationships between our students and teachers are very strong and as a result, I believe our students really want to perform for our teachers.”

International Academy of Saginaw (4th Grade Math)
Enrollment: 277.
Percentage of free lunch: 78.7 percent.
Key to victory: The International Academy of Saginaw uses the proprietary math curriculum of its managing company, SABIS, said school director Justin Doughty.

Island City Academy (Eaton Rapids) (8th Grade Reading, 4th Grade Reading, 4th Grade Math)
Enrollment: 216.
Percentage of free lunch: 15.5 percent.
Key to victory: “Every student is tested at the beginning of the year to get an idea of where each student is starting, said Thomas Ackerson, administrator. "Students who are struggling, either we change some things up in the classroom, or we give them some additional time with the reading specialist.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center Academy (Detroit) (4th Grade Reading, 4th Grade Math, 8th Grade Science)
Enrollment: 365.
Percentage of free lunch: 22.2 percent.
Key to victory: Did not respond.

Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Studies (Graduation Rate, College Readiness, 8th Grade Science)
Enrollment: 240.
Percentage of free lunch: No lunch provided.
Key to victory: “With schools of choice, parents make a decision of where to send their children. We have a unique focus and mission to our school, and parents choose that,” said Betsy Haigh, dean.

New Bedford Academy (Lambertville) (4th Grade Reading, 8th Grade Science)
Enrollment: 150.
Percentage of free lunch: 26.
Key to victory: “We’re an ability-based instruction school,” said Principal Greg Sauter. “We work in small groups at the child's ability level, so they're all successful.”

Pansophia Academy (Coldwater) (4th Grade Math)
Enrollment: 250.
Percentage of free lunch: 63.2 percent.
Key to victory: With a school name that translates to “all-knowing,” you’d expect principal Steven Palmer to stress the importance of best practices: “We treat students as individuals, and have paraprofessionals in each class, so it's a 1:10 ratio. We do individualized learning plans for each student.”

Ross-Hill Academy (Detroit) (4th Grade Reading)
Enrollment: 195.
Percentage of free lunch: 87.2 percent.
Key to victory: Principal Phyllis Ross (no connection to the school’s name) said that each class doesn’t start working on grade-level material until the MEAPs are taken in the fall, so that the material is fresh: “Also, we do a lot of MEAP review. We have a lot of prep materials.”

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (Grand Rapids) (4th Grade Math)
Enrollment: 531.
Percentage of free lunch: 62.1 percent.
Key to victory: “Small class sizes, plus academic acceleration,” said Principal Terry Larkin. Students who are falling behind are identified, put in small groups and given extra help. “It’s an awesome safety net for those kids.”

Weston Preparatory Academy (Detroit) (4th Grade Math)
Enrollment: 244.
Percentage of free lunch: 83.6 percent.
Key to victory: “We assess students throughout the year and compile an individualized plan for each student,” said Philip Yaccick, principal. “We’ve also have invested heavily in technology. We believe that this technology has provided a variety of opportunities for students to succeed.”

Woodland School (8th Grade Reading, 8th Grade Science)
Enrollment: 206.
Percentage of free lunch: 14 percent
Key to victory: “I would emphasize that (good reading scores) aren't something that happens in 8th grade, it begins in kindergarten for us, because we are a K-8 school," said Director Nathan Tarsa. "Reading is emphasized throughout the day, throughout the curriculum from kindergarten on. We have made it a focus that reading is a part of everyday, and that means making time for students to have a chance to read.”

Bridge's exclusive searchable database of charter scores
Charter Schools Grad rate (%) ACT proficient (%) 4th Math (%) 4th Reading (%) 4th Writing (%) 8th Math (%) 8th Reading (%) 8th Science (%)
Academic and Career Education Academy 16.28 6
Academic Transitional Academy
Academy for Business and Technology 80 0 89.7 76.9 51.3 52.8 51.4 36.1
Academy of Flint 65.7 52.2 11.9 40.7 67.2 50.8
Academy of Southfield 95.6 91.1 26.7 84.2 73.2 91.2
Academy of Warren 70 58.8 15 30.9 57.5 34.6
Academy of Waterford 76 72 24 69.6 91.3 78.3
Academy of Westland 79.1 55.6 15.6 61.6 77.8 50
ACE Academy (SDA) 13.33 0
Achieve Charter Academy 98.8 95.2 71.1
Advanced Technology Academy 90 2 72 57.3 19.5 73.5 66.3 56.6
AGBU Alex-Marie Manoogian School 93.33 8 100 90.5 66.7 79.2 79.2 62.5
Aisha Shule/WEB Dubois Prep. Academy School 72.22 0 62.5 68.8 6.3 47.6 81 71.4
Allen Academy 87.3 0 81.7 65.8 19.2 54.9 72 44.3
American International Academy
American Montessori Academy 86.7 76 38.7
Ann Arbor Learning Community 95.5 86.4 27.3 81.8 72.7 72.7
Arbor Academy 91.2 79.4 52.9
Arbor Preparatory High School
Arts Academy in the Woods 79.75 7
Arts and Technology Academy of Pontiac 87.5 60.4 27.1 44 60 44
Battle Creek Area Learning Center 46.46 0
Bay-Arenac Community High School 28.57
Bay City Academy
Bay County PSA 79.3 54.8 17.2
Ben Ross Public School Academy 73.7 59 18.4 50 69.4 45.7
Benton Harbor Charter School 100 73.5 52.9 55.6 85.2 57.7
Black River Public School 93.55 28 98 92.2 49 95.4 94.3 88.5
Blanche Kelso Bruce Academy 2.24 0
Blue Water Learning Academy 9.09
Blue Water Middle College
Bradford Academy 0 1 71.1 70 21.1 51.2 73.8 56.2
Bridge Academy 80 58.5 33.8 71.4 90.2 81
Burton Glen Charter Academy 83.3 74.4 21.8 69.4 79.5 69.4
Business Entrepreneurship, Science, Tech. Academy 98.2 93 29.1 89.5 84.2 66.7
Byron Center Charter School 83.33 6 92.3 84.6 38.5 95.5 95.5 86.4
Canton Charter Academy 98.8 92.7 72 97.5 98.8 95
Casa Richard Academy 52.54 0
Casman Alternative Academy 10.53 0 41.7 66.7 33.3
Center Academy 80.6 66.1 21 53.8 63.5 55.8
Center for Literacy and Creativity 76.2 61.9 42.9
Central Academy 100 6 86.3 71.4 34.7 68.3 85.4 73.2
Cesar Chavez Academy 77.19 1 95.8 80.5 36.4 63.8 64.6 56.7
Chandler Park Academy 1 81.4 65 27.6 50.7 71.3 63.1
Chandler Woods Charter Academy 96.2 96.2 75.6 93.8 90.6 92.2
Charyl Stockwell Academy 28 98.1 96.3 66.4 95.7 93.8 93.6
Chatfield School 98.1 86.8 64.2 81.3 93.8 90.6
Clara B. Ford Academy (SDA) 0 0 27.3
Cole Academy 90 90 55
Commonwealth Community Devel. Academy 85.2 96.3 29.6 57.1 82.1 53.6
Concord Academy - Petoskey 100 36 96.7 90 53.3 84.6 91.7 84.6
Concord Academy Boyne 94.44 80 73.3 46.7 88.9 94.4 94.4
Conner Creek Academy East 90.41 1 72.7 54.5 12.6 40.7 48.8 39.5
Countryside Academy 68.42 17 97.9 77.6 43.8 69.2 96.2 76.9
Covenant House Academy Central 5.88 0
Covenant House Academy East 11.2 0
Covenant House Academy Southwest 3.31 0
Creative Learning Academy of Science
Creative Montessori Academy 89.6 90.9 45.5 85.3 88.2 88.2
Creative Technologies Academy 87.1 6 100 93.3 40 61.5 65.4 80.8
Crescent Academy 88 80 36 64.9 81.1 75.7
Cross Creek Charter Academy 98.7 96.1 68.8 94.4 94.3 90.1
Crossroads Charter Academy 80.49 24 87.9 81.8 36.4 87.5 93.8 93.8
David Ellis Academy 86.3 82.4 45.1 46.4 71.4 100
David Ellis Academy West 95.8 84.7 33.8 95.7 84.3 100
Da Vinci Institute 44 10 94.4 72.2 55.6 64.7 62.5 55.6
DeTour Arts and Technology Academy
Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences 73.2 0 77.8 66.7 28.5 41.4 61.3 31.5
Detroit Community Schools 78.63 0 62.3 41.5 7.5 47 54.5 33.3
Detroit Enterprise Academy 87.8 65.9 36.6 63.4 75.6 47.6
Detroit Leadership Academy 56.7 48.4 10
Detroit Merit Charter Academy 92.7 84.1 64.6 78 93.2 79.7
Detroit Midtown Academy 74.65 0 43.2 70.5 38.6
Detroit Premier Academy 88.9 71.6 43.2 81.6 76 73.7
Detroit Service Learning Academy 92.6 81.7 47.9 75.2 87.6 87.6
Detroit West Preparatory Academy 64.3 66.7 19
Discovery Arts and Technology PSA 62.1 55.2 24.1 58.3 83.3 41.7
Dove Academy of Detroit 85.7 77.6 57.1 76.9 76.9 92.3
Dr. Charles Drew Academy 81.1 61.1 11.1 59.3 57.1 50
Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center of Excellenc 83 69.3 20.5 51.4 71.6 64.9
Dream Academy 48.78 0
Eagle Crest Charter Academy 97.3 92 60 88.2 92.6 86.8
East Arbor Charter Academy
Eastern Washtenaw Multicultural Academy 80 0 72.2 52.6 26.3 57.7 70.4 69.2
Eaton Academy 85.42 0 88 78 20 54.1 75.7 67.6
Edison Public School Academy 90 86.8 65.3 66 85.4 83.3
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy 86 86 39.5
EMAN Hamilton Academy
Endeavor Charter Academy 88.9 77.2 40 77.1 89.4 91.7
Excel Charter Academy 0 26 91 85.9 48.1 90.8 89.5 88.2
Flagship Charter Academy 82.3 59.5 27.8 56.6 77.4 45.3
FlexTech High School
Forest Academy
Fortis Academy 97.5 89.9 63.3 86.3 90.3 90.4
Four Corners Montessori Academy 92.5 92.5 45
Francis Reh PSA 91.4 60 25.7 47.5 60 32.5
Frontier International Academy 90.48 0 72.7 66.7 74.5
Gaudior Academy 60.9 69.6 21.7 70 80 85
GEE Edmonson Academy
GEE White Academy
George Crockett Academy 100 0 82.5 73.2 22.5 51 68.6 49
George Washington Carver Academy 67.6 54.1 27 42.9 69.6 46.4
Global Heights Academy 73.7 73.7 5.3
Global Preparatory Academy 81.08 64.7 82.4 11.1 68.8 75 43.8
Grand Blanc Academy 86.1 77.1 28.6 33.3 58.3 50
Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center 90.6 81.3 43.8
Grand Traverse Academy 90.48 27 95.5 84.7 45.5 83.6 91 88.1
Grattan Academy 84 4 71.4 69.2 42.9 64.7 82.4 70.6
Great Lakes Academy 91.7 51.4 22.2
Great Oaks Academy 86.1 70.3 38.9 67.5 81.8 79.2
Hamtramck Academy 91.8 63.9 37.7 72.7 79.5 72.7
Hanley International Academy 82.4 62.7 27.5 49.1 74.1 82.5
HEART Academy 87.88 0
Henry Ford Academy 83.05 3
Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (P 53.5 74.4 58.9
Hillsdale Preparatory School 100 100 27.3
Holly Academy 99 93.1 56.9 92.2 95.3 96.9
Honey Creek Community School 96.2 84.6 61.5 94.1 100 87.5
Hope Academy 84.9 61.6 15.1
Hope Academy of West Michigan
Hope of Detroit Academy 81.82 0 76.8 72.7 32.7 68.8 62.5 52.1
Huron Academy 90.4 81.1 45.2
International Academy of Flint 57.69 7 94.7 75.5 25.5 78.4 73 67.6
International Academy of Saginaw 100 86.5 40.5
Island City Academy 100 100 73.1 83.3 100 88.9
Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
Japanese American School of South East Michigan
Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting Anishnabe Academy 96.6 84.7 42.4 86.4 90.9 95.5
Joy Preparatory Academy 69.6 63 28.3 38.9 61.1 48.1
Kensington Woods High School 47.19 3
Keystone Academy 96.3 86.3 63.8 80.8 82.2 82.2
Knapp Charter Academy 97.6 90.4 62.7 82.1 86.6 79.1
Landmark Academy 66.67 9 89.5 78.9 24.2 74.6 86.6 86.6
Lansing Charter Academy 75.5 67.3 24.5
Laurus Academy 85.9 84.6 55.1 66.3 78.8 74.7
Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy
Legacy Charter Academy 67.8 49.2 5.1
Life Skills Center of Pontiac 6.19
Lighthouse Academy 22.5 0 25 45 30
Lincoln-King Academy 92.9 80.4 46.4
Linden Charter Academy 92.2 87.8 50 67.5 69.1 48.8
Macomb Academy 0
Madison Academy 0 86 80 48 50 57.7 48.1
Marshall Academy 75 13 80 52.6 20 82.1 82.1 78.6
Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center Academy 100 100 67.6 95 90 100
Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts 86.36 3 82.4 72.8 33.6 67.8 83.9 69
Merritt Academy 66.67 14 90.9 81.8 45.5 74.4 94.9 89.7
Metro Charter Academy 93.8 90.2 61.7 76.1 80.6 82.6
Michigan Connections Academy 97.4 89.5 36.8 75 87.5 78.1
Michigan Mathematics and Science Academy 66.7 69.4 69.4
Michigan Technical Academy 73.91 87.2 70.3 18.3 74.5 79.1 64.5
Michigan Virtual Charter Academy 9 90 80 48.4 73.8 90.5 76.2
Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy 86.4 63.6 9.1 42.9 66.7 61.9
Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Studies 100 50 95 95 47.4 90 95 100
Mildred C. Wells Preparatory Academy 90 78.9 11.1
Morey Public School Academy 84.62
Mt. Clemens Montessori Academy 97.9 95.8 72.9
Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy 61.54 0 72.7 45.5 9.1 25 33.3 50
Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit 70.8 79.2 25 60 74.3 73.5
New Bedford Academy 92.9 100 35.7 66.7 91.7 100
New Beginnings Academy 68.4 73.7 21.1
New Branches School 90.2 87.5 45
New Paradigm Glazer Academy
New Paradigm Loving Academy
Noor International Academy
Northpointe Academy 73.3 56.7 16.7 55.6 55.6 66.7
Northridge Academy 73.1 48 7.7 34.3 71.4 42.9
North Saginaw Charter Academy 80 67.8 16.9 58.1 69.8 47.6
North Star Academy 52 0 94.1 82.4 17.6 61.5 61.5 53.8
Northwest Academy 65 6
Nsoroma Institute 91.3 60.9 13 42.1 73.7 55.6
Oakland Academy 97.1 91.2 64.7
Oakland International Academy 77.78 0 85.1 69.4 19.4 60 72.3 56
Ojibwe Charter School 71.43
Old Redford Academy 84.44 1 90.9 69.7 22 51.5 75.9 60.6
Pansophia Academy 80 4 100 94.4 16.7 62.5 81.3 81.3
Paragon Charter Academy 97.4 88.3 48.1 78 95.1 95.1
Paramount Charter Academy 92.5 70.1 37.3 81.8 75.8 66.7
Pierre Toussaint Academy 65.9 47.5 19.5 36.2 61.7 54.3
Plymouth Educational Center 0 92.9 84.1 40.7 53 74.4 54.7
Pontiac Academy for Excellence 73.68 0 89.9 73.6 27.4 80.2 64.5 38.8
Presque Isle Academy II 33.33 0
Prevail Academy 91.7 80.6 40.3 78.4 86.5 82.4
Quest Charter Academy 83.1 72.9 30
Reach Charter Academy 85.9 70.6 29.4
Regent Park Scholars Charter Academy
Relevant Academy of Eaton County
Renaissance Public School Academy 87.2 82.1 51.3 62.5 81.3 62.5
Richfield Public School Academy 90.3 77.5 22.5 75.6 80.5 80.5
Ridge Park Charter Academy 94.5 80.8 45.2 84.2 78.9 70.2
Riverside Academy 81.58 0 88.5 65.4 46.2 76.9 65 64.1
Ross-Hill Academy 75 0 92.3 100 23.1
Saginaw County Transition Academy 0
Saginaw Learn to Earn Academy 21.43 5
Saginaw Preparatory Academy 96.2 87 51.9 59.3 63 59.3
South Arbor Charter Academy 96.3 91.3 67.5 91.6 95.2 89.2
South Canton Scholars Charter Academy
St. Clair County Career Prep Academy
St. Clair County Intervention Academy 0 0
St. Clair County Learning Academy
Star International Academy 76.56 12 95.2 83.8 52.4 81.1 90.1 83.8
St Clair Co. Academy of Style
Summit Academy 94 94 50 80 90 85.7
Summit Academy North 92.66 8 95.8 91.6 41.1 72.7 83.7 79.2
Sunrise Education Center
Taylor Exemplar Academy 85.3 81.3 42.7 76 86 74
Taylor International Academy 64.7 64.7 29.4
The Dearborn Academy 76.3 47.5 13.6 55.6 66.7 50
The Greenspire School
Three Lakes Academy 92.3 92.3 30.8
Three Oaks Public School Academy 0 83.8 67.6 13.5
Threshold Academy 96.7 63.3 20
Timberland Academy 84.6 67.3 15.4 47.4 50 47.4
Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology 69.4 66.7 2.8 31.6 53.8 39.5
Traverse City College Preparatory Academy 73.68
Trillium Academy 80 4 80.7 82.5 42.1 73.5 87.8 73.5
Triumph Academy 93.5 84.4 58.4 75.5 85.7 81.6
Universal Academy 88 4 80.8 76.9 23.1 78.3 78.3 71.7
Universal Learning Academy 92.2 72.7 41.6
University Preparatory Academy (PSAD) 94.17 1 91.8 70.4 42.2 77.9 89.4 71.8
University Preparatory Science and Math (PSAD) 81.1 83 84.9
University Yes Academy
Vanderbilt Charter Academy 94.6 87.3 49.1 81 66.7 57.1
Vanguard Charter Academy 94.8 91 61 91.5 90.1 90.1
Victory Academy Charter School 83.3 56.3 6.3
Virtual Learning Academy of St. Clair County 2.13 3
Vista Charter Academy 90.1 82.7 27.2 62.7 84.1 60.2
Vista Meadows Academy 31.58 0
Voyageur Academy 91.36 1 89.1 69.1 40 66.1 78.6 75
Walden Green Montessori 96.8 93.8 38.7
Walker Charter Academy 96.3 90.1 58 93.8 93.8 96.9
Walton Charter Academy 82.6 69.9 28.9 63.4 79.3 72
Warrendale Charter Academy 84 84 29.1 57 69.6 63.3
Washington-Parks Academy 70.4 88.9 14.8 75 85.7 75
Washtenaw Technical Middle College 91.95 26
Wavecrest Career Academy 30.86 0
WayPoint Academy 56 0 66.7 87.5 66.7
Wellspring Preparatory High School
West MI Academy of Arts and Academics 89.4 93.6 61.7 76.5 91.2 88.2
West MI Academy of Environmental Science 66.67 3 100 87.1 41.9 71.9 78.1 71.9
West Michigan Aviation Academy
Weston Preparatory Academy 79.31 100 88.9 40.7 48.6 71.4 57.1
West Village Academy 0 86.1 69.4 30.6 59.1 72.7 65.9
White Pine Academy 94.1 88.2 58.8
Will Carleton Charter School Academy 80 0 90.9 77.3 27.3 90.5 95.2 90.5
William C. Abney Academy 85.7 77.8 34.9
Windemere Park Charter Academy 92.1 85.5 32.9 70.5 86.4 70.5
Windover High School 44.23 0
Woodland Park Academy 90.9 81.8 25 70.2 80.9 76.6
Woodland School 71.4 85.7 61.9 94.1 100 100
Woodmont Academy 78.7 77.4 45.9
Woodward Academy 87.9 60.6 13.6 37.5 53.8 48.4
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Larry Cobler
Tue, 02/07/2012 - 8:33am
Would it be possible to provide a database that allows the comparison of charter and public schools in these data fields. One of the criticisms of charter schools and recent legislation to remove caps on the number of charter schools, is that there is no data to substantiate that they are better than public schools. Having data to compare them would give both sides of the issue the "facts" to argue from.
CharterDad
Fri, 02/10/2012 - 10:28am
Larry, there is a problem with any attempt to compare traditional schools against charters by using academic scores. When you compare one against the other, one eventually wins while the other loses. Maybe we should compare both types against a standard so that both can win. Otherwise we end up with the "we suck but they suck worse" situation. You should know that charter schools receive less funding than the traditional district. If you listen to traditional districts and the unions, the amount of money a school receives really matters. So, one could argue that if a charter school has the same academic performance as a traditional district, the charter school must be better because they are doing the same with less. And finally, as we see all over the state, good schools are not being defined by sound academic achievement but by parent satisfaction. Thus, almost by definition, the fact that 255 charters exist in Michigan says they are better that their resident districts because parents have chosen to pull those children from the traditional districts and then send them to the charters. So, a better question might be, are charters doing what we want them to do?
Bruce
Tue, 02/07/2012 - 12:12pm
Ahem – in the caption, it should be "pore" over, not "pour."
relling
Thu, 02/09/2012 - 11:09am
I was struck by the disparity between graduation rates and ACT proficiency in the case of many of the charters in your database. Could this be evidence of a stress on graduation rates, period, regardless of how well-prepared those graduates are? This issue deserves further scrutiny as the last thing that Michigan needs is more diploma mills.