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|June 6, 2012 - Closing the Gap: MEAP Results Show That African-American Students Perform Better in Charter Schools|
|Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:20|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vice President of Communications
Closing the Achievement Gap: MEAP Results Show That African-American Students Perform Better in Charter Schools
LANSING, Michigan (June 6, 2012) – An analysis of 2011-2012 MEAP results reveals that African-American students perform better incharter schools than in traditional public schools in both math and reading – in every grade. The findings also show that charter schools continue to outperform traditional public schools in most of the state’s largest urban areas, including Detroit.
The analysis uses data from the Michigan Department of Education. It looked at math and reading MEAP results for the 2011-2012 school year in grades 3-8.
In every single category, African-American students in charter schools scored higher than African-American students in traditional public schools in the same host districts.
The largest gaps were found in the MEAP reading scores – as high as 9.3 percentage points difference in eighth grade (43.6 percent proficient for African-American students in charter schools, compared to 34.3 percent proficient for African-American students in traditional public schools).
“These findings are very significant, but not surprising,” said Dan Quisenberry, President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association. “One of the primary missions of a charter school is to give parents a quality educational option in places where the local public schools are failing. This data shows that the mission is succeeding. African-American students in charter schools are succeeding at a higher level – in every grade, and in both math and reading. This also shows that thanks to charter schools, we’re finally making progress on closing the achievement gap that’s plagued our public education system.
“We’re never going to be truly great again as a state until we have an educational system that offers every child the chance to receive a quality education. As these results show, for African-American students, charter schools are doing a superior job of helping to prepare them for college and success in the 21st century,” he added.
Among the other findings from the year’s MEAP results:
The Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) advances quality education through choice and innovation. MAPSA has been the unified voice of the public charter school movement in Michigan since 1996. MAPSA represents more than 115,000 students, 5,000 teachers, dozens of authorizers and more than 50 education service providers working in 255 public charter schools in the state. MAPSA assists the state’s public charter schools in their mission to deliver achievement, choice and accountability through advocacy, communications, technical assistance and professional development services. For additional information, please visit www.charterschools.org.