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Charter School Exceed State Standard in English
Friday, May 08, 2009
New York, NY —
More than 77 percent of New York City charter school students met or exceeded the state standards on this year's English Exam - a gain of 11 percentage points over last year. That's the same as the statewide average for grades three to eight. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says charter school students are overwhlemingly black and hispanic, and the scores prove city children can close the achievement gap:
KLEIN: You can't perform or not perform based on a label on a door. You can only perform or not perform based on the quality of the instruction, the use of data, the commitment of the staff, that can happen in any school.
Klein says the city's regular public schools are also closing the achievement gap, because 69 percent of students met state standards in the reading and writing test.
Charter schools get public money but they're privately managed, and many have longer school years.