"(Wilson would) rather compare ECOT’s costs and performance to the state’s urban school districts, which spend more than the $10,700 state average. 'We spend less than half that and achieve average to above average results,' he said. 'That’s how I would view it.'"I addressed the whole "please compare us to urban districts" piece yesterday. Now I want to address the portion of his comment about achieving "average results". First of all, I don't remember anyone affiliated with a Charter School ever claiming that they would produce "average results" before. Prior to Mr. Wilson, they have stuck to the cheaper and better argument. If they didn't perform, they at least feigned a willingness to improve.
Yet even by Mr. Wilson's remarkably low, "average results" standard, ECOT is performing far worse than the average public school district. Remember, ECOT educates 10,400 students. Comparing their performance with a school building of 200 children is unfair to all parties. ECOT is a district-sized operation. So I'm going to compare them with districts. The data come from last year's full report card because the state has yet to release the full report this year.
It's not even close.
ECOT met 5 of 26 state performance designations. The average district met 22. Only 31% of ECOT's 3rd grade math students were proficient. The average district had 81% proficient. The average difference on grade-level proficiency scores between ECOT and the average district was 26 percentage points.
The average school district has better attendance than ECOT, where students only have to log on to computers to demonstrate attendance, not figure out how to get to school because their busing route was cut. ECOT's Performance Index score is 16 percent lower than the average school district's. And their graduation rate? Try a tick over 40 percent. The average school district graduates more than 94 percent of its children.
In which solar system, in which galaxy, in which universe is ECOT providing "above average to average results" as Mr. Wilson claims?
Because it sure isn't this one.
Oh, there are at least two measures in which ECOT outperforms public school districts. The state sends about $6,500 per pupil to ECOT for their results. After Charter Schools, like ECOT, take their cut, the state sends $3,390 per pupil to school districts for their results.
Another one? How about this: the last two years ECOT's graduating class had their commencement addresses given by Gov. John Kasich and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Stan Heffner.
You think ECOT founder William Lager's huge campaign contributions have anything to do with that?