Tag Archives: Charter schools

NCAPCS hires Democrat executive director

In a surprising move, the board of the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools (NCAPCS) hired Rhonda Dillingham to be the organization’s executive director. According to the press release, Dillingham “co-founded Uwharrie Charter School and brings a decade of teaching and leadership experience from both public charter schools and district schools.” If you askContinue Reading






School Choice Leaders Respond to the NAACP

Here is a great video courtesy of my friends at Choice Media.






State test scores higher, charters continue to impress

On Thursday, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released proficiency rates, graduation rates, school performance grades, and other outcome measures for the 2015-16 school year. Most proficiency rates were higher than in years past.  In elementary and middle school math, 54.7 percent of students scored at or above grade level, a 2.5 percentage point increaseContinue Reading






11 new charter schools to open

Last week, the N.C. State Board of Education gave final approval to 11 charter schools including, *  Central Wake Charter High School (Wake County); *  FernLeaf Community Charter School (Henderson County); *  Gate City Charter Academy (Guilford County); *  Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (New Hanover County); *  Ignite Innovation Academy (Pitt County); *  IredellContinue Reading






NC charter schools narrowed achievement gap

In a May 2016 doctoral dissertation titled, “A Complexity Context to North Carolina Charter School Classroom Interactions and Climate: Achievement Gap Impacts,” Liz Johnson conducted an analysis of the “relationship between classroom climate, interactions, and student achievement, through a complexity systems context.” Using some pretty high-level quantitative and qualitative methods, Johnson concluded, According to theContinue Reading






In time for National Charter Schools Week: NC charters outperform districts

National Charter Schools Week is this week!  (Unlike Teacher Appreciation Week, National Charter Schools Week is a seven-day event.) To celebrate National Charter Schools Week, the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools published a comparison of charter and district performance on 2014-15 state tests.  Data, verified by NC Department of Public Instruction officials, compare overall proficiencyContinue Reading






Charter School Graduates Earn More as Adults

An article to be published in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management found that students who graduated from a charter high school are more likely to persist in college and experience higher earnings in the mid-20s than their district school counterparts. In “Charter High Schools’ Effects on Long-Term Attainment and Earnings,” study authors Tim Sass,Continue Reading






District enrollment stagnates as charters grow

From Highlights of the NC Public School Budget 2016