“This report highlights that our intense focus during the past two years on improving the quality of Georgia’s charter schools is yielding results,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “With improvements in academic performance across the board, I’m confident that our charter schools are a great option for parents and students.”
The report includes data from conversion and startup charter schools, as well as schools within Georgia’s 14 charter systems.
Highlights from the report:
Georgia charter schools have outperformed non-charter schools on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test reading assessment and the End-of-Course Test in English language arts and math for each of the past five years.
Non-charter schools have outperformed charter schools on the CRCT math test during the past five years, while charter schools have narrowed the gap to 0.2% in 2012.
Enrollment in charter schools in Georgia has more than doubled in the last three years to 130,492 in the 2011-12 school year. Much of the student enrollment growth is concentrated within the charter systems; however, student enrollment in conversion and start-up charter schools continues its annual trend upward – increasing more than 16 percent from the previous year.
During the 2011-12 school year, 11 new start-up charter schools and one new conversion charter school opened their doors. The total number of charter schools statewide increased 34 percent from 162 to 217 schools – with the majority of the growth due to the increase in charter systems across the state.