Oakland Parents Exercise Choice, Charter Public Schools See Rise in Enrollment
May 23, 2017
Contact: Brittany Parmley 916-221-8588 BParmley@ccsa.org
(OAKLAND, CA) - Oakland parents are exercising choice and pursing quality public school options for their children, according to a new report issued by the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) today. The report primarily focuses on the 2015-16 school year and showcases the tremendous amount of local support shown for charter public schools. According to the data, 28 percent of students were enrolled in charter public schools in 2015-16. That number climbed to 30 percent - over 15,000 students - in 2016-17.
In addition to highlighting the rise in charter public school enrollment, the regional report compared Oakland's charter public schools to their traditional public school counterparts. This comparison found that area charter schools serve similar student populations and proportions of students by race and ethnicity, and consistently outperform traditional public schools on academic assessment results and college-readiness measures.
"Empowered parents throughout Oakland are choosing charter public schools for their children now more than ever. The reason why is clear," said Jed Wallace, president and CEO of CCSA. "Overall, Oakland charter students are graduating on-time and college-ready, and African American and Latino charter students are performing higher than students enrolled in traditional schools. Charter public school students are thriving and I hope this momentum continues throughout Oakland."
Key Findings in the Oakland Spotlight Include:
• Charter public schools performed in the 45th percentile of state wide performance on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests with traditional public schools performing at the 25th percentile of all school performance in the state.
• 86% of charter public students graduate on-time compared to 75% in traditional public schools (when using a four-year cohort graduation rate as a measure).
• When comparing schools serving demographically similar students statewide, CCSA's Similar Students Measure (SSM) shows that charter schools authorized by OUSD far outperform other public schools across the state, with 28% performing in the top 10th percentile statewide (nearly three times the predicted proportion) and 38% in the top quartile.
• The median Similar Schools Rank for OUSD charters is 6 out of 10, while the median Similar Students Rank for traditional schools in OUSD is a 2 out of 10.
Performance by Subgroup:
• African American and Latino students in Oakland charter public schools perform higher than the entire OUSD average for college preparation/college-going students.
• 34% of African American and Latino charter public school students have been accepted to college, outpacing the African American and Latino students - 15% - that have been accepted from traditional OUSD schools.
• All charter public student subgroups are completing A-G subject requirements at rates nearly 30% higher than traditional public school students, including over twice as many African-American students.
• More Oakland charter students apply (51% vs. 40%) and are accepted (35% vs. 22%) at UC schools than students attending traditional Oakland public schools.
About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association's vision is to increase student learning by growing the number of families choosing high quality charter public schools so that no child is denied the right to a great public education. Our mission is to ensure a million students attend charter public schools by 2022, with charter public schools outperforming non-charter public schools on every measure. We do this by serving as the advocacy organization that builds the policy environment needed to grow as quickly as possible the number of students attending high quality charter public schools. For more information, please visit our website at www.ccsa.org.
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