Where do the IDEA Charter School 9th Graders go?

Posted on November 21, 2011

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I thought I would provide more detail on where IDEA Charter School 9th graders from 2009 end up in 2011. I’ve split the analysis into two groups–those kids enrolled in IDEA Charter Schools in 8th grade and those enrolled in local public schools in the 8th grade.

This is the universe of all IDEA students. IDEA and Austin are complaining about small cell sizes, but I am using ALL of the IDEA kids in the database.The initial group of students is ALL 9th grade students. The analysis in my report included only FIRST_TIME 9th graders. The differences between the two analyses are small.

Number and Percentage of IDEA Charter 9th Grade Students (2009)

by Location in 2011 for Students Enrolled and Not Enrolled in IDEA Charter Schools in the 8th Grade in 2008

So, a couple of things to note here. First, about 36% of the 9th graders enrolled in IDEA Charter Schools n 2009 were no longer enrolled in an IDEA Charter School in 2011 in any grade. About 71% of those 9th graders enrolled in IDEA Charter Schools in the 8th grade were still enrolled in IDEA Charter Schools in 2011. Shockingly, 53% of the 9th grade students who were NOT enrolled in IDEA Charter Schools in 8th grade were no longer enrolled in IDEA Charter Schools in 2011. Thus, more than 50% of the students entering IDEA Charter Schools for the first time in 9th grade did not stay in IDEA Charter Schools for even two years.

Second, most of the students that left returned to high schools in the local area. Of the 96 students who left, 81% returned to local schools. Overall, 29% of the original cohort returned to local high schools. The question is why so many are leaving IDEA Charter Schools and returning to local schools.

Most of the students returning to local districts went to the following four Districts:

McAllen 18
Donna ISD 15
PSJA 12
Edinburg 8

Finally, very few students appear to have dropped out since only 16 students, or 6%, of the original cohort were no longer enrolled in Texas public schools. Thus, most of the leavers returned to local schools.

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