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California Charter Schools Association President & CEO Myrna Castrejón Issues Statement on CA Dept. of Education Release of 2021-22 Assessment Data

October 25, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA – Myrna Castrejón, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement in response to the California Department of Education’s release of 2021–22 Assessment Data:

“We knew that the Covid pandemic would negatively impact students’ ability to stay on track academically.  We also know, however, that our children are resilient, and public school teachers are doing all they can to teach through a historically challenging time.”

“California’s charter public schools reacted quickly to move to distance learning in March of 2020 when schools were closed to mitigate learning loss and provide stability to students. Since that time, I have seen charter schools sharing their knowledge and going above and beyond to support students, not just academically but holistically through social-emotional learning and nutrition programs.

“The data released today is vital for the understanding of where we need to continue to provide additional support to our students. As the education sector continues to manage through historic staffing shortages, a dearth of personnel to tend to the mental health needs of students, and historic volatility in enrollment, schools must stay relentlessly focused on helping students recover – academically, emotionally and ensuring there’s relief for the economic hardships their families have endured.”

About the California Charter Schools Association

The vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is to build great public schools of joy and rigor that prepare all California students for success in college, career, community, and life. The mission of CCSA is to meet parent, educator, and community need for great public school options by supporting and advocating for high quality non-profit charter schools and sharing their success throughout California’s public schools. Learn more.