D.C. charter schools serve fewer at-risk students than nearby neighborhood schools

Source: Michael Alison Chandler, Washington Post, October 8, 2015

Nearly 90 percent of charter elementary schools serve a smaller portion of students considered “at risk” than their neighboring traditional public schools, according to a new analysis by the District of Columbia’s Office of Revenue Analysis. The analysis, posted on the District, Measured blog, found that 47 out of 53 public charter elementary schools (or elementary-middle school campuses) last year enrolled a smaller share of at-risk students than the traditional school whose attendance zone they were located in. … In a report of its demographic data, the D.C. Public Charter School Board says on its Web site:  “Charter schools serve a student body that is equally or at times more disadvantaged, while outperforming DCPS [D.C. Public Schools].” … The difference in concentrations of at-risk students between charters and DCPS was most pronounced east of the Anacostia River in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Two dozen traditional public schools had concentrations of at-risk students that exceeded 75 percent compared to just one charter school.