This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
by Paul Socolar and Dale Mezzacappa
Twenty Philadelphia charter schools that had been previously listed as meeting the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress standard in 2012 have now been graded by the state as not making AYP.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education was ordered by the federal government to recalculate and publish [Excel spreadsheet] AYP status for charters using the same standard used for traditional district schools.
Before getting federal approval, Secretary of Education Ronald Tomalis had treated charters as districts rather than as individual schools. Charter advocates argued that this was fair because some charters are larger than small districts in the state.
The district standard is not as strict as the individual school standard. A district can make Adequate Yearly Progress if only one grade span (3-5, 6-8, 9-12) hits the targets as opposed to every single grade.
On its main website for finding school achievement ratings, the state is still displaying AYP status for the charters using the district-level standards. PDE spokesman Tim Eller said that this site would be updated in early February.
Using the school standard, 23 out of 80 Philadelphia charters met the state’s AYP standard in 2012, compared to 43 under the standard Tomalis originally applied. That is a success rate of 29 percent. That is still better than the rate for District-run schools.
Only 33 District schools, or 13 percent of the total, made the state standards, which became significantly tougher last year.
In all, more than a quarter of the city’s charter schools had their status downgraded. Three of six charters that were originally listed as "making progress" using the district-level standard were also downgraded.
Only one of 13 Renaissance charter schools, Mastery at Mann, met the AYP standard.
Among those downgraded were Belmont, Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures, Franklin Towne, the two KIPP schools, Mariana Bracetti, Mastery Shoemaker, Math, Civics and Sciences, and MAST Community Charter.
According to the Allentown Morning Call, statewide, using Tomalis’ method of treating them as districts, 77 charters, or 49 percent, met the AYP standard. Under the standard that treats them as individual schools, 43 made the yearly progress standard.
(For the schools whose status was changed to reflect the now-recalculated standard, the school’s original status is shown in the rightmost column.)
|School Name||Updated Status (school-level)||Original Status (district-level)|
|Ad Prima CS||Made AYP|
|Alliance for Progress CS||Warning||Made AYP|
|Antonia Pantoja Community CS||Warning||Made AYP|
|Arch and Design CHS||Corrective Action 2 (second year)|
|Arise Academy Charter HS||School Improvement 2|
|Aspira Bilingual Cyber Charter School||School Improvement 1|
|Belmont CS||School Improvement 1||Made AYP|
|Birney Prep Acad||Warning|
|Boys Latin of Philadelphia CS||Warning|
|Christopher Columbus CS||Made AYP|
|Comm Acad of Phila CS||Corrective Action 2 (sixth year)|
|Delaware Valley CHS||Warning|
|Discovery Charter School||Made AYP|
|Eastern University Acad CS||Warning|
|Eugenio Maria De Hostos CS||Made AYP|
|First Phila CS for Literacy||Warning|
|Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures CS||Warning||Made AYP|
|Franklin Towne Charter Elem School||Warning||Made AYP|
|Franklin Towne CHS||Made AYP|
|Frontier Virtual CHS||Warning|
|Global Leadership Academy CS||Warning||Made AYP|
|Green Woods CS||Made AYP|
|Hardy Williams CS||Warning||Made AYP|
|Hope CS||Corrective Action 2 (sixth year)|
|Imani Education Circle CS||School Improvement 1|
|Imhotep Institute CS||Warning|
|John B Stetson Charter School||School Improvement 1|
|Khepera CS||Made AYP|
|KIPP Philadelphia Charter School||Warning||Made AYP|
|KIPP West Philadelphia Prep CS||Warning||Made AYP|
|Laboratory CS||Made AYP|
|Mariana Bracetti Acad CS||Corrective Action 2 (second year)||Made AYP|
|Maritime Academy CS||Made AYP|
|Mast Community CS||Warning||Made AYP|
|Mastery Charter School Harrity Campus||School Improvement 1||Made AYP|
|Mastery Charter School Mann Campus||Made AYP|
|Mastery Charter School Smedley Campus||School Improvement 1|
|Mastery CS – Clymer Elementary||Warning|
|Mastery CS – Gratz Campus||Warning|
|Mastery CS – Lenfest Campus||Made AYP|
|Mastery CS – Pickett Campus||School Improvement 1|
|Mastery CS – Shoemaker Campus||Warning||Made AYP|
|Mastery CS – Thomas Campus||Warning|
|Math Civics & Sciences CS||Warning||Made AYP|
|Multi-Cultural Academy CS||Warning|
|New Foundations CS||Made AYP|
|New Media Technology CS||School Improvement 2||Making Progress: School Improvement 1|
|Northwood Academy CS||Made AYP|
|Nueva Esperanza Acad CS||Corrective Action 1||Making Progress: School Improvement 2|
|Olney Charter HS||Warning|
|Pan American Academy CS||Made AYP|
|People for People CS||School Improvement 2||Made AYP|
|Phila Elec & Tech CHS||Warning|
|Philadelphia Acad CS||Corrective Action 2 (second year)||Made AYP|
|Philadelphia Harambee Inst CS||Making Progress – in School Improvement 1|
|Philadelphia Montessori CS||Corrective Action 2 (first year)||Corrective Action 1|
|Philadelphia Perf Arts CS||Made AYP|
|Planet Abacus CS||Made AYP|
|Preparatory CS of Math Science Tech & Careers||Made AYP|
|Richard Allen Prep CS||Made AYP|
|Russell Byers CS||Made AYP|
|Sankofa Freedom Academy CS||Making Progress – in School Improvement 1|
|Southwest Leadership Academy CS||Made AYP|
|Tacony Academy Charter School||School Improvement 1|
|Truebright Science Academy CS||Made AYP|
|Universal Audenried CS||Warning|
|Universal Bluford CS||School Improvement 1||Made AYP|
|Universal Daroff CS||Corrective Action 2 (second year)||Making Progress: in Corrective Action 2|
|Universal Institute CS||Warning||Made AYP|
|Universal Vare CS||Warning|
|Wakisha CS||Making Progress – in Corrective Action 2 (third year)|
|Walter Palmer Ldrshp Learning Prtnrs CS||Corrective Action 2 (fifth year)|
|West Oak Lane CS||Made AYP|
|West Phila Achievement CS||Corrective Action 1|
|Wissahickon CS||Warning||Made AYP|
|World Communications CS||Warning|
|Young Scholars CS||Made AYP|
|Young Scholars Frederick Douglass CS||School Improvement 1||Made AYP|