Stop These Schools! Part 834

Public charter school Roxbury Prep delivers again:

On the 2006 8th grade math MCAS test, Roxbury Preparatory Charter School outperformed every school district in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In fact, Roxbury Prep was ranked 2nd of 458 schools in the state on the 8th grade math test. Furthermore, for the third consecutive year, Roxbury Prep—an Intel and Scholastic School of Distinction—stands as the highest-performing urban middle school in Massachusetts.1 Roxbury Prep is a public middle school in Roxbury enrolling 200 students of color, 66% of whom qualify for the federal free and reduced price lunch program.

Since enrolling its first 6th grade class in 1999, Roxbury Prep has redefined what families can expect from urban public education. On six of the seven MCAS tests administered in 2006, the percentage of Roxbury Prep students scoring Advanced or Proficient was higher than that of the state’s White students. Roxbury Prep demonstrates with clarity that the long-standing “racial achievement gap” can be closed.

On the 8th grade math test, Roxbury Prep had the highest percentage of students scoring Advanced or Proficient (90%) of any predominantly Black school in the state and any public school in Boston. Moreover, Roxbury Prep students scored Advanced or Proficient at the same rate as the Boston Latin School and at a higher rate than students in Wayland (70%), Wellesley (66%), and Weston (66%).

Remember, don’t allow this sort of thing to expand, it could ruin public education!

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