The new accountability report on Mayor Bart Peterson’s charter schools in Indianapolis is out (pdf). If it’s true that nothing is more annoying than a good example, this will piss a lot of people off. Still a lot of work to do, as the AYP ratings show, so that these schools are not just among the best in Indianapolis but among the best in the state, but for now:
ISTEP+ pass rates in these 12 schools as a group rose by 6.7 points compared to a statewide increase of 0.6 points.
Other schools in Indy were, as a group, flat. So, in other words some progress.
From New Orleans, new AFT report on student achievement there (pdf). Local press here and here. Update: AFT letter to the ed here. While the obvious agenda is to push back on the charter schools and restore some old power arrangements there is some useful data in here and it’s worth checking out. But if you’re not familiar with the landscape down there this report could easily confuse because there are so many players on the schooling scene and that’s not all explained well here. So the punchlines are (1) the data are the data, take the context with a grain of salt and (2) there is a daunting but doable amount of work to be done there and no one can say that any schooling sector is yet tearing it up.
What will get obscured, I worry, is that while New Orleans has a dual-school system with open-enrollment and selective schools, those delineations cut across all schooling categories and predate Katrina. It’s not a charter and non-charter issue. In fact, many of the charter school leaders in New Orleans, for instance New Schools for New Orleans, are more committed to the idea of open-enrollment than much of the previous public system.
Also, this line is a chuckler:
The rush to compare one category of schools with another can produce unsound conclusions.