For Charter Schools Serving Overage Or Homeless Students, Typical Metrics Don’t Add Up
The evaluation of ROADS II, a charter school in the Bronx, is peppered with compliments about the school’s leaders and their ability to help at-risk students. Yet ROADS II is also failing by a basic statistical standard: Almost none of its students graduate within four years.
The school is one of a handful of charter schools that serve a subset of New York City’s neediest students, often those who are over-age and under-credited, homeless, or in foster care. Like all charter schools, it is expected to meet strict standards or face closure.