Measuring Up



Georgia

TOTAL SCORE:
58 out of 132

Rank: 14 out of 18

See a summary of the state’s charter law.

See additional observations about charters in the state.

What is the state of charter schools in Georgia?

GROWTH INDICATORS

 

 

Score


1. Public school share
 (2014–15)

3

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter schools

103

5%

 

 


2. Public school student share
 (2014–15)

3

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter school students

83,277

5%

 

 

3. Students by race and ethnicity (2013–14)

4

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

White

42%

43%

-1%

Black

40%

37%

3%

Hispanic

11%

13%

-2%

Asian

4%

4%

0%

Other

3%

3%

0%

Total minority

58%

57%

1%

 

4. Students in special populations (2013–14)

2

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

Free and reduced-price lunch status

56%

62%

-6%

Special education status

N/A

N/A

N/A

English learner status

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total special student populations

56%

62%

-6%

 

5. Schools by geographic distribution (2012–13)

2

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

City

35%

19%

16%

Suburb

43%

37%

6%

Town

7%

13%

-6%

Rural

15%

31%

-16%

Total nonsuburban

57%

63%

-6%

 

6. Communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools (2014–15)

2

weight = 1 | Possible total = 4

 

 

 

Number of communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools

5

   
 

7. New public charter schools opened over the past five years  (2010–15)

12

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2010–11

19

Average Annual Open Rate

13.4%

2011–12

20

2012–13

7

2013–14

10

2014–15

13

Total number

69

 

 

8. Public charter schools closed over the past five years (2009–14)

6

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2009–10

7

Average Annual Closure Rate

6.5%

2010–11

8

2011–12

10

2012–13

8

2013–14

4

Total number

37

 

 

 
 

INNOVATION INDICATORS

 

 

Score

9. Percentage of charter schools with an identified special focus (2012–13)

6

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

 

 

 

No Excuses

9%

Total

47%

STEM

4%

Arts

3%

Classical

3%

Purposely diverse

2%

Single sex

5%

International/Foreign language

3%

Montessori/Waldorf

6%

Dropout/Expulsion recovery

3%

Military

0%

Vocational training

17%

Public policy/Citizenship

0%

 

QUALITY INDICATORS

 

 

Score

10. Additional days of learning in reading (2007–11)

6

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in reading

14

 

 

 

11. Additional days of learning in math (2007–11)

0

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in math

-14

 

 

 

12. Percentage point change in top categories in state accountability system (2012–14)

6

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 2012-13

2013-14

Difference

90 to 100+

19

15

-4

80 to 89

24

28

4

Total

43

43

0

 

13. Percentage point change in bottom categories in state accountability system (2012–14)

6

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 2012-13

2013-14

Difference

60 to 69

16

15

-1

80 to 89

11

14

3

Total

27

29

2

 

Items Reported But Not Scored

Startups versus conversions (2014–15)

 

Startups

Conversions

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools

68%

32%

 

 

 

Charter authorizers (2014–15)

 

Number of authorizers

Number of charter schools

Average number of charters per authorizer

Percentage of the state’s public charters authorized by this type of authorizer

Local education agency

36

82

2

85%

State education agency

Independent charter board

1

15

15

15%

Noneducational government entity

Higher education institution

Nonprofit

 

Virtual public charter schools and students (2013–14)

Number of virtual public charter school students

15,659

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter school student population enrolled
in virtual charter schools

22%

 

 

Number of virtual public charter schools

2

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools that are virtual charter schools

2%

 

 

 

Health of the Movement Summary

Georgia’s charter public school movement ranked #14 out of 18, scoring 58 points out of 132.

Georgia scored relatively well on the following indicator:

  • Between 2010-11 and 2014-15, 69 public charters opened in Georgia, a 13.4 percent average annual open rate.

 

Georgia scored relatively low on the following indicators:

  • In 2014-15, only 5 percent of the state’s public schools were charters.
  • In 2014-15, only 5 percent of the state’s public school students were charter students.
  • During 2013-14, charter public schools in Georgia served a lower percentage of free and reduced-price lunch students (6 percentage points less) when compared with traditional public schools.
  • During 2012-13, 57 percent of the state’s public charters were located in nonsuburban areas as compared with 63 percent of traditional public schools.
  • Between 2007-08 and 2010-11, charter public school students exhibited lower academic growth in math (14 fewer days), on average, when compared with traditional public school students.

In addition to the above points, we also offer the following observations about the movement in Georgia:

  • During 2013-14, charter public schools in Georgia served a higher percentage of racial and ethnic minority students (1 percentage point more) when compared with traditional public schools.
  • During 2014-15, five communities in Georgia had more than 10 percent of their public school students in charters.
  • Between 2009-10 and 2013-14, 36 charter public schools closed in Georgia, a 6.5 percent average annual closure rate.
  • In 2012-13, 47 percent of the state’s charter public schools were special-focus schools.
  • Between 2007-08 and 2010-11, charter public school students exhibited higher academic growth in reading (14 more days), on average, when compared with traditional public school students.
  • Between 2012-13 and 2013-14, the percentage of charter public schools performing in the top two categories of the state’s accountability system stayed the same (43 percent).
  • Between 2012-13 and 2013-14, the percentage of charter public schools performing in the bottom two categories of the state’s accountability system increased by 2 percentage points (from 27 percent to 29 percent).
  • In 2014-15, 68 percent of the state’s public charters were start-ups and 32 percent were conversions.
  • As of 2014-15, 36 local school boards had authorized 82 charter public schools (85 percent of the state’s total number of public charters) and the Georgia Charter Schools Commission had authorized 15 charter public schools (15 percent).
  • In 2013-14, two full-time virtual charter public schools operated in Georgia, serving 15,659 students (22 percent of the state’s charter public school 

concluding thoughts

  • Georgia has a relatively good charter law. However, the law most needs to provide more equitable funding and facilities support to charter students.
  • Georgia is seeing relatively strong growth in the number of new charters opening each year.
  • We encourage the state to explore why charters are serving lower percentages of free and reduced-price lunch students and nonsuburban students than traditional public schools, and to ensure that chronically low-performing charters are closed.