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DOE releases some detailed choice data

June 12, 2013

There is some newly published (as far as I know) data on the DOE website covering Delaware school choice on a very detailed level, including per district, per school, charter/VoTECH/TPS, demographics, special ed stats, and even a simple display of “percent meeting standard.” Much of it is data that is not available in other form and you couldn’t reconstruct it if you tried. There is plenty here to keep us all busy. Note that the spreadsheet has multiple tabs.


(h/t commenter openaccess)

  1. kilroysdelaware
    June 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Kilroy's delaware.

  2. Citizen
    June 18, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    It’s shameful that our legislature is not demanding a careful review of this data before voting on something as consequential as H.B. 165. For what’s it’s worth, my message to this effect (to senators):

    Available data on Delaware’s charter schools does NOT support the expansion of funding for charters proposed in H.B. 165. Individual charter school data can be found on the DOE’s webpage. Aggregate data for Delaware’s charters is available at this link [above!] and has begun to be analyzed. It would be irresponsible of the senate to provide additional public funds to charter schools without requesting a careful analysis of this data.

    Preliminary analysis suggests the following:
    1. Delaware has a handful of high-performing charter schools. These schools enroll significantly lower percentages of low-income, ELL and special needs children than TPSs do. More analysis should be done to understand to what degree this underservice to challenging students accounts for these schools’ high performance.

    2. Delaware’s remaining charter schools, those that do serve large percentages of higher needs students, perform less well than traditional public schools that have comparable student demographics.

    Neither of the two charter school categories described above are beneficial to taxpayers. The first group provides benefit to a small fraction of taxpayers while diminishing the public schools available to a much larger fraction, namely the district schools that serve all the more challenging students who are not enrolled in high-performing charters. The second group provides no benefit to anyone and siphons scarce resources away from district schools that outperform those charters. Families who choose these higher-poverty charters appear to have been misled by the performance of students attending more exclusive charters (CSW, NCS) into thinking that all charter schools generate better results than district schools. Data does not bear this out.

    If H.B. 165 is passed, its only beneficiaries will be:
    1. investors in for-profit charters who aim to profit from offering low-quality education to city children (until their families realize that TPS’s served them better; but by that time the TPSs will have been severely weakened by the drain of public funds to these charters)

    2. the small fraction of higher income, non-special needs children who are admitted to the more exclusive “flagship” charters

    Taxpayers, schoolchildren, employers, homeowners, and Delaware’s economy do not benefit from these outcomes. H.B. 165 will weaken Delaware’s already under-resourced public schools and make it even harder for employers to retain or attract families. Responsible senators should require close analysis of data for our existing 22 charter schools–including their impact on ALL K-12 public education–before voting on H.B. 165. The bill should be tabled until this analysis is available.

    Please have the courage to vote NO on H.B. 165.

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