Charter Facts

CHICAGO’S CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CHANGING LIVES

“Chicago’s charter high schools have led CPS in achieving the critical milestones of high school graduation and college enrollment and have led to an overall increase in district achievement among students with the highest needs.”

ILLINOIS NETWORK OF CHARTER SCHOOLS ACHIEVING THE DREAM

“Compared to the educational gains that charter students would have had in a traditional public school (TPS), the analysis shows on average that students in Illinois charter schools make larger learning gains in both reading and mathematics.”

STANFORD UNIVERSITY’S CREDO INSTITUTE CHARTER PERFORMANCE IN ILLINOIS

“Expanding school choice at the high school level may be a part of an effective policy to reduce high school dropout rates and to promote college attendance.”

RAND EDUCATION Going BEYOND EDUCATION

Charter public schools serve many of Chicago’s highest-need students:

As of the 2016-2017 school year, charter public schools in Chicago served nearly 54,000 students – or roughly 14% of public schools students in the city. 88% of charter school students in Chicago qualify for free or reduced lunch, and 96% of charter school students are African-American or Hispanic.

[SOURCE: INCS]

Charter public schools are preparing Chicago students to succeed in college:

  • Chicago’s charter public school students gain an additional two weeks of learning in reading and an additional month of learning in math.
  • Chicago charter students are more likely to graduate high school and enroll in college. 70% of charter graduates enroll in college, compared to 50% of district graduates.
  • In 2014, all 12 of Chicago’s highest performing, open-enrollment public high schools on the ACT were charters. [SOURCE: INCS]
  • At Chicago’s largest charter school network – The Noble Network of Charter Schools – 99% of scholars were accepted to college in 2016, and graduates earned $382 million in scholarship dollars in 2016 alone. One out of every five African American freshmen at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a Noble charter graduate.

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