Texas Charter Schools Lag Traditional Public Schools in 2011 Accountability Ratings

Texas AFT is appropriately skeptical about the usefulness of state accountability ratings as the measure, by themselves, of what our schools actually accomplish. But the data compiled do allow for a comparison of the ratings assigned to charter schools versus traditional public schools.

As in years past, a far higher percentage of charter schools received an “academically unacceptable” rating in the accountability ratings published by the Texas Education Agency on July 29. Charter schools rated academically unacceptable made up 14.5 percent of all charter campuses; in contrast, the percentage of traditional public schools rated academically unacceptable was 6.2 percent.

The divergence was even more apparent in a comparison between charter operators (many operating more than one campus) and school districts. Some 18.6 percent of charter operators were rated academically unacceptable; only 5.0 percent of school districts received that low rating.