The Underlying Messages of Failure at Community Colleges in CA

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/20/MNN41FUHQH.DTL&tsp=1

http://aspirepublicschools.org/sites/aspirepublicschools.org/files/College%20Alumni%20Connections%20Map.pdf   – read the fine print at bottom where it states  86% of current Aspire graduates are in a 2 year or 4 year college or university.  There is no clarification as to what percent of graduates are in the 4 year college or universities although 95% have been accepted to a four year college or university.  Something seems amiss in the numbers.

http://www.kipp.org/students/kipp-through-college  There is information as noted on web site – information is not public as to how many students are at what type of college (2 or 4 year) or university.

 Academic Support Services
KTC staff monitor and track the academic progress of KIPP alumni primarily through report card collection and analysis.  When needed, KTC staff may recommend and/or provide a student with individual and group tutoring, specific summer enrichment programs, test preparation, and more.  Academic support is different for every student and dpends in large part where the student is attending high school or college.

 

 

Considering the data is as far back as 2004, one would expect the trending to be the other direction as 2004 forward has been the heyday of the charter school movement.  It is very difficult to obtain the data showing where community college students started from (high school and community) which makes it difficult to see if any/all charter schools are making a substantial difference in preparing students for college with better math (algebra) skills and English reading/writing proficiency.  If the data could be milled and massaged and found to prove the point of any charter school, I assure you they would have posted it to their web site as it would benefit their position in advocating for choice.

The lack of data, whether by difficulty in obtaining or the data not demonstrating the positive effect of charter schools is worth pondering as charter schools have years of data they accumulate.  Examples include how many students were accepted to one or more four year colleges and which colleges, which college the student chose to go to based on acceptances, possible area of study for student going to college and so on. 

There are many students who may have been accepted to a four year school and yet could not/did not attend due to finances, distance, family circumstances and other issues making it difficult for minority students to complete their higher education.  Of the students who were accepted but instead went to community college, one would think there is data.  Some where, some how,  the numbers are just not adding up the way I have been led to believe by charter schools and their mantras.   I sure wish they would either release their data to institutions such as CSU Sacramento for analysis or hire some one to do it for them.  Even if the data does not prove their point or demonstrate the advantage of charter schools, the data should be out there so people can have a CHOICE.  No data just means more marketing and more privatizing of the education system without the promised results.

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