We have a lot of poor kids in DCPS and the charter schools. And there is a pretty strong negative correlation between the percentage of economically-deprived students in a school, on the one hand, and the percentage of students who reach ‘advanced’ or ‘proficient’ levels on the DC-CAS.
Or, in simpler words, most of the time, kids born into poverty don’t do very well on the DC standardized test.
It might be surprising to note that the percentage of poor kids (as defined by DCPS and NCLB) in the charter schools and in the regular DC public schools are pretty comparable, except that there are more regular DC public schools with low poverty rates.
For example, there are only 2 charter schools, out of a total of 73 schools, or about 3%, that have a poverty rate under 20%, and they are both called Washington Latin.
However, there are eight regular public schools, out of 113, or about 7%, with poverty rates under 20%. They are: Stoddert, Murch, Eaton, School Without Walls, Lafayette, Key, Mann, and Janney.
Of the public schools, 48 of them out of 113, or about 42%, have poverty rates of 80% or more. The ones with the highest poverty rates are: Powell, Kenilworth, Ferebee-Hope, Aiton, King, Amidon-Bowen, MC Terrell, and Moten, all of which had poverty rates over 90%.
In the charter schools, 34 out of 73, or about 41%, have poverty rates of 80% or more. The ones with the highest reported poverty rates are: Washington Math Science Technology PCS; Mary Mcleod Bethune Day Academy at Slowe-Brookland; Tree Of Life Community PCS: Meridian PCS; Maya Angelou Middle School Campus; Options PCS; Cesar Chavez – Bruce Prep Campus; and Center City PCS – Brightwood Campus. All of the ones I just listed have poverty rates over 90%.
(Those charter school names are often quite a mouthful…)