Benchmark Data Aimed at Guiding Decisions of Where to Allocate Philanthropic Resources

Posted by Katy Hollyday on December 07, 2015 at 9:08 AM

Great Public Schools Now Releases Benchmark Data Aimed at Guiding Decisions of Where to Allocate Philanthropic Resources

Guidelines reiterate commitment to investing in all types of public schools, including charter, magnet, Pilot, or Partnership schools. 

 

As Great Public Schools Now formulates its plans to help expand high-performing public schools that serve students in high-poverty areas, the organization today released a list of schools – and corresponding data from those schools -- that details the kinds of schools the group will seek to replicate through its philanthropic giving.

One example is the criteria for determining whether a public school is high-quality, or has the potential to be high-quality, which will be based on multiple measures such as state assessments, graduation rates, and other metrics.

As part of its data analysis, Great Public Schools Now released a list of 28 high-quality public schools that are offering a high-quality education to students in need. The list includes sixteen charter schools, eight magnets, and four traditional neighborhood schools, all of which have more than 75% of students qualifying for Free and Reduced Price Meals (FRPM) and had more than 60% of students meet or exceed the English Language Arts standards in 2015.

Garfield Computer Science Magnet, a high school magnet in East Los Angeles, is one such school, with 94% of students qualifying for FRPM and 77% of those students meeting or exceeding the English Language Arts standard. Synergy Quantum Academy, a charter school in South Los Angeles, has 96% of its students qualifying for the meals program, and 67% met or exceeded the English standard. The full list is provided under separate cover.

“These schools deliver the kind of high-quality education that Great Public Schools Now will seek to help replicate,” said Bill Siart, Great Public Schools Now Chairman. “It’s critical that we identify what is working in our education system, and seek to expand those successes. Through our effort, we will be targeting our resources to grow these kinds of proven models in specific areas of need.”

This grouping of schools offers a few key takeaways:

  1. Each of these schools proves that all students can learn, regardless of socioeconomic background. While there are challenges in educating students of need, those challenges are not insurmountable. Great Public Schools Now is focusing on investing in schools that have demonstrated an ability to meet the challenges and provide all students with a high-quality education.

  2. The list demonstrates that multiple schools models have found success in educating students in need. The list includes charter schools, magnet schools, and traditional schools, all of which have demonstrated success in educating their students. Because of this, Great Public Schools Now is considering how to invest in multiple types of public schools to expand the number of high-quality options for students throughout Greater Los Angeles.

 

School Location Name Mag/Chart/Trad Free/Reduced Lunch ELA # Valid Scores ELA % Standard Not Met ELA % Standard Nearly Met ELA % Standard Met ELA % Exceeds Standard ELA % Meets/Exceeds Standard
ALLESANDRO EL CL MAG Magnet 83.8% 108 14 17 45 24 69
ALLIANCE COLLINS HS Charter 92.7% 149 17 23 39 21 60
ALLIANCE MOHAN HS Charter 96.9% 107 7 31 38 23 61
ALLIANCE SMIDT TECH Charter 97.7% 127 9 30 38 23 61
ALLIANCE STERN MSS Charter 89.4% 169 9 20 49 22 71
ALLIANCE TENNENBAUM Charter 79.0% 131 14 25 43 18 61
ANIMO VENICE CHTR HS Charter 84.9% 129 8 29 41 22 63
BANNING SH CIP MAG Magnet 75.9% 81 4 15 51 31 81
BELL SH STEM MAG Magnet 89.6% 110 2 20 52 26 78
BRADDOCK DR EL MAG Magnet 75.9% 76 1 7 34 58 92
BRAVO SH MEDICAL MAG Magnet 89.7% 396 3 11 47 39 86
BRIGHT STAR SEC ACAD Charter 92.3% 113 9 30 45 16 61
BROADOUS EL M/S/T MAG Magnet 96.5% 77 19 18 47 16 62
BRYSON AVE EL MAG Magnet 77.2% 105 12 21 28 39 67
CAMINO NUEVO HS #2 Charter 96.2% 115 10 27 39 23 62
CANTERBURY AVE EL MAG Magnet 82.6% 160 6 20 38 36 74
CENTRAL CITY VALUE Charter 92.1% 115 9 20 52 19 71
COMMONWLTH AVE EL MG Magnet 93.1% 82 1 9 39 51 90
DBM Magnet 83.7% 128 3 9 39 48 88
DBM ELCTRNC INFO MAG Magnet 83.7% 65   12 43 45 88
DE LA HOYA ANIMO HS Charter 94.7% 147 12 26 44 18 62
EL SERENO MS G/HA MAG Magnet 87.4% 97 7 23 56 14 70
EQUITAS ACADEMY CS Charter 95.8% 163 16 22 28 34 62
FREMONT SH M/S/T MAG Magnet 88.6% 65 9 29 49 12 62
GARFIELD SH COSCI MG Magnet 94.4% 53 4 19 51 26 77
HOLLYWOOD SH Trad 77.4% 234 8 22 48 21 70
KING-DREW SH MD/S MG Magnet 81.6% 342 6 22 49 23 72
KIPP COMIENZA COM PR Charter 89.7% 179 7 12 26 55 81
KIPP EMPOWER ACADEMY Charter 89.4% 206 11 26 27 36 63
KIPP INNOVATION Charter 91.4% 101 18 21 39 23 62
KIPP LA COLLEGE PREP Charter 93.1% 487 9 24 51 16 67
KIPP RAICES ACADEMY Charter 91.0% 206 7 19 34 40 74
KIPP SOL ACADEMY Charter 91.8% 248 12 24 39 25 64
LEGACY SH STEAM Trad 84.7% 99 10 27 45 17 63
MADISON MS MED/M/S MG Magnet 92.4% 302 9 29 49 14 63
MARQUEZ SH HPIAM Trad 79.6% 116 11 27 47 16 62
MARQUEZ SH LIBRA Trad 90.4% 146 10 27 49 14 64
MARQUEZ SH SOC JUS Trad 87.6% 84 7 26 46 20 67
MONROE SH LAW/GOV MG Magnet 77.5% 54 6 11 52 31 83
MULTNOMAH ST EL HG MG Magnet 79.2% 67 1 13 43 42 85
ORTHOPAEDIC HSP SH MG Magnet 97.1% 182 8 19 51 22 73
POLYTECHNIC SH MAG Magnet 88.3% 97 1 11 57 31 88
PUC LAKEVIEW CH HS Charter 80.2% 115 10 20 48 22 70
RFK LA SH ARTS Trad 90.4% 83 16 22 53 10 63
RIVERA LC GRN DESIGN Trad 93.3% 66 11 26 41 23 64
SAN FERNANDO SH MAG Magnet 88.3% 100 1 16 50 33 83
SOUTH EAST SH T/M MG Magnet 93.9% 97 9 18 45 28 73
SYNERGY QUANTUM ACAD Charter 96.0% 107 10 22 39 28 67
VENA AVE EL G/HA MAG Magnet 84.5% 147 6 18 39 37 76

 


Great Public Schools Now is an independent, non-profit organization working to accelerate the growth of high-quality public schools and significantly reduce the number of students attending chronically low performing schools in Los Angeles. The organization is a collaborative effort of parents, students, teachers, community leaders, foundations and Angelenos dedicated to ensuring all Los Angeles students receive a high-quality K-12 education. For more information, and to sign up for updates, please visit www.greatpublicschoolsnow.org.

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