As COVID continues, NC charters perform well

By March 3, 2021 May 27th, 2021 COVID-19, News

During the pandemic, charter schools have continued to perform well. In fact, charter students’ academic performance seems to be more resilient than that of students at district schools. That’s a clear takeaway from new data presented to lawmakers today, highlighting worrisome numbers of at-risk students across North Carolina.

Currently, more than one in five students are at-risk of academic failure and are not making sufficient progress. But academic failure is much less common than that among North Carolina’s charter students.

The presentation to the NC Senate Education Policy Committee, coming from NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) officials, shared an early look at 2020-21 performance. Data, from both districts and charter schools, are self-reported.

Statewide, 23% of students in school districts are at-risk academically. At North Carolina charter schools, that number is less than 10%. A screenshot from the presentation shows the breakdown by school type:

You can access the full presentation from DPI leaders here.

Thanks to our charter leaders for their excellent service to our students!

Kristen Blair

Author Kristen Blair

Kristen Blair is the communications director for the North Carolina Coalition for Charter Schools.

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