Strict focus to detail, long school days, along with a singular look at college include the hallmarks of “no excuses” charter schools. Families in cities across the Us have flocked for them as academic game changers, and studies have shown that lots of their students beat the percentages on standardized tests.
But critics allege that such gains are hollow. The “no excuses” approach, people say, is a paternalistic culture of test preparation that discounts real learning and comes in the steep cost to social and emotional health. Successfully navigating life, such as risks and rigors of college, is going to take extra.
Do “no excuses” charter high schools merely help students succeed on standardized tests? Or are their students almost certainly going to succeed as they leave school behind? Do you find it test prep, or true learning? Little prior studies is available on this inquiry. And although you will find there’s robust positive correlation between test performance and college enrollment, there is little change existing evidence whether or not schools that increase test scores the best also help their students succeed on the next level.
To simplify these questions, we studied Noble Street College Prep, a high-performing no-excuses charter high school in Chicago where admission is granted via randomized lottery. We analyzed student records to estimate the effect of attending Noble on college enrollment, persistence, and quality, using success in postsecondary studies to be a proxy for achievement in young adulthood.
Overall, our results propose that the use of attending a no-excuses charter highschool extend beyond graduation and into early adulthood. Students who attended Noble Street College Prep cant be found only prone to become a member of college, but will also significantly more more likely to subscribe to a competitive four-year school. They were also prone to persist attending college, trends that continued for many years after twelfth grade graduation.
We were only capable to obtain randomized lottery information through the College Prep campus, but data originating from a broader band of Noble high schools indicate they already have higher college enrollment rates than other schools with similar student populations. This result means that the Noble Network of Charter Schools has continued to supply success while it has expanded.
These findings provide strong evidence that Noble measurably improves students’ preparation for school rather than just pushing marginal students into low-quality institutions. That’s in step with its stated mission, “to prepare low-income students while using the scholarship, dedication, and honor vital to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives, and also be a catalyst for education reform in Chicago.”
A College-Centered Culture
Noble Street College Prep was founded in 1999 as Noble Street Charter High School. In 2006, it had become renamed plus the network begun to expand. The Noble Network currently includes 17 campuses exceeding 11,000 students in the west and south sides of Chicago (Figure 1). The schools attract a predominantly poor, minority student body: 98 percent of students are black or Hispanic and 89 percent qualify free of charge or reduced-price school meals.
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The school vacation to Noble is structured to make sure that all students receive differentiated instruction in smaller-group settings.
Summary data also demonstrate that Noble students perform extremely well on standardized tests. More precisely, Noble students enter senior high school with slightly lower test performance as opposed to average public school student, though significantly over the average student at the Chicago charter school. However, by 11th grade, Noble students score markedly higher than the CPS average along with the charter average on all chapters of the ACT. Within the 2013