More on the Characteristics of Students Entering IDEA Charter Schools

Posted on November 21, 2011

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Below is more data on the characteristics of 5th grade public school students (2009-10 school year) entering IDEA charter schools and public schools in the 6th grade (2010-11 school year).

Table 1 examines the number and percentage of students enrolled public schools in the IDEA Charter market area in the 5th grade in 2010 that subsequently enrolled in the 6th grade in either an IDEA Charter School or a Public School within the IDEA Charter School market area by whether or not the student passed the TAKS mathematics test. Of the original 4,658 students enrolled in the 5th grade in public schools, 83.5% had passed the mathematics test. Since the majority of the students entered public schools in the 6th grade, the percentage of students enrolled in public schools in the 6th grade that passed the 5th grade mathematics TAKS was also 83.5%. But, for students entering IDEA Charter schools, 91.2% had passed the TAKS mathematics test in the 5th grade.

Table 1: Number and Percentage of 5th Grade Students Enrolled in Public Schools in IDEA Charter Market Enrolling in the 6th Grade in 2011 in IDEA Charter Schools and Public School by TAKS Mathematics Passing Status

Student TAKS

5th Grade Public

6th Grade

Performance

School Students

Public

IDEA

Level

%

%

%

%

%

%

Failed

770

16.5%

744

16.5%

26

8.8%

Passed

3888

83.5%

3617

83.5%

271

91.2%

Total

4658

100.0%

4361

100.0%

297

100.0%

Table 2 examines the number and percentage of students enrolled public schools in the IDEA Charter market area in the 5th grade in 2010 that subsequently enrolled in the 6th grade in either an IDEA Charter School or a Public School within the IDEA Charter School market area by whether or not the student achieved commended status on the TAKS mathematics test. Of the original 4,658 students enrolled in the 5th grade in public schools, 37.7% had achieved commended status on the TAKS mathematics test. Since the majority of the students entered public schools in the 6th grade, the percentage of students enrolled in public schools in the 6th grade that achieved commended status on the 5th grade TAKS mathematics test was also 37.7%. But, for students entering IDEA Charter schools, 49.8% had achieved commended status on the TAKS mathematics test in the 5th grade.

Table 2: Number and Percentage of 5th Grade Students Enrolled in Public Schools in IDEA Charter Market Enrolling in the 6th Grade in 2011 in IDEA Charter Schools and Public Schools by TAKS Mathematics Commended Status

Student TAKS

5th Grade Public

6th Grade

Performance

School Students

Public

IDEA

Level

%

%

%

%

%

%

Not Commended

2903

62.3%

2754

62.3%

149

50.2%

Commended

1755

37.7%

1607

37.7%

148

49.8%

Total

4658

100.0%

4361

100.0%

297

100.0%

Thus, with respect to mathematics achievement, the students entering IDEA Charter Schools were more advantaged than those entering public schools. Whether intentional or not, the ultimate result is that IDEA Charter Schools skim off some of the higher performing students from the public schools.

Table 3 examines the number and percentage of students enrolled public schools in the IDEA Charter market area in the 5th grade in 2010 that subsequently enrolled in the 6th grade in either an IDEA Charter School or a Public School within the IDEA Charter School market area by whether or not the student passed the TAKS reading test. Of the original 4,646[1] students enrolled in the 5th grade in public schools, 80.0% had passed the mathematics test. Since the majority of the students entered public schools in the 6th grade, the percentage of students enrolled in public schools in the 6th grade that achieved commended status on the 5th grade reading TAKS was also 80.0%. But, for students entering IDEA Charter schools, 90.8% had passed the TAKS reading test in the 5th grade.

Table 6b: Number and Percentage of 5th Grade Students Enrolled in Public Schools in IDEA Charter Market Enrolling in the 6th Grade in 2011 in IDEA Charter Schools and Public Schools by TAKS Mathematics Passing Status

Student TAKS

5th Grade Public

6th Grade

Performance

School Students

Public

IDEA

Level

%

%

%

%

%

%

Failed

927

20.0%

900

20.0%

27

9.2%

Passed

3719

80.0%

3452

80.0%

267

90.8%

Total

4646

100.0%

4352

100.0%

294

100.0%

Table 4 examines the number and percentage of students enrolled public schools in the IDEA Charter market area in the 5th grade in 2010 that subsequently enrolled in the 6th grade in either an IDEA Charter School or a Public School within the IDEA Charter School market area by whether or not the student achieved commended status on the TAKS reading test. Of the original 4,646 students enrolled in the 5th grade in public schools, 26.7% had achieved commended status on the TAKS reading test. Since the majority of the students entered public schools in the 6th grade, the percentage of students enrolled in public schools in the 6th grade that achieved commended status on the 5th grade reading TAKS was also 26.7%. But, for students entering IDEA Charter schools in the 6th grade, 38.1% had achieved commended status on the TAKS reading test in the 5th grade

Table 4: Number and Percentage of 5th Grade Students Enrolled in Public Schools in IDEA Charter Market Enrolling in the 6th Grade in 2011 in IDEA Charter Schools and Public Schools by TAKS Reading Commended Status

Student TAKS

5th Grade Public

6th Grade

Performance

School Students

Public

IDEA

Level

%

%

%

%

%

%

Not Commended

3405

73.3%

3223

73.3%

182

61.9%

Commended

1241

26.7%

1129

26.7%

112

38.1%

Total

4646

100.0%

4352

100.0%

294

100.0%


[1] The number of students for mathematics and reading differs because not all students take or have scores for both tests. Only students with a score in that particular test were included in the respective analyses.

As shown in Table 5, very few students who enroll in IDEA Charter Schools in the 9th grade leave the Texas public school system. In fact, for the 9th grade cohort of 2009 (through 2011), only 16 students—6% of the original cohort—could not be found in any Texas school district in 2011. About 29% of the students in 9th grade in 2009 ended up returning to non-IDEA school districts located in Region I. There were dramatic differences between students entering IDEA Charter schools for the first time as a 9th grade student and students previously enrolled in an IDEA Charter School. For those not previously enrolled in an IDEA Charter School, only about 47% remained enrolled in any IDEA Charter School after two years as compared to almost 71% for students previously enrolled in an IDEA Charter School. Strikingly, over 42% of the new entrants in 9th grade returned to a local public schools within two years.

Table 5: Number and Percentage of IDEA 9th Grade Students in 2009 Located in Various Locations in 2011 by Enrollment in a Public School or IDEA Charter School in 8th Grade (2008)

Location in

Not in IDEA in 8th Grade

In IDEA in 8th Grade

All 8th Grade Schools

2011

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

IDEA Charter

34

46.6%

137

70.6%

171

64.0%

Region I Districts

31

42.5%

47

24.2%

78

29.2%

Other Districts

1

1.4%

1

0.5%

2

0.7%

No Districts

7

9.6%

9

4.6%

16

6.0%

Total

73

100.0%

194

100.0%

267

100.0%

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