The Equity Project Charter School in New York City is well known for the salary it pays its teachers — $125,000 of public funds available to all public charter schools. The question of course is what that sort of salary for teachers can accomplish.
In a new study, Mathematica describes The Equity Project (TEP) charter school’s instructional and personnel strategies, examines student characteristics and attrition rates, and reports impacts on student achievement during the school’s first four years.
Mathematica found that by the end of the 2012-2013 school year, TEP’s impacts on student achievement were consistently positive across subjects and cohorts, with especially large effects in math.
Following is a short breakdown of the results:
- TEP’s impacts on student achievement were consistently positive across subjects and cohorts, with especially large effects in math.
- Using benchmarks for average annual learning gains, students who attended TEP for four years had test score gains equal to an additional 1.6 years of school in math, an additional 0.4 years of school in English language arts, and an additional 0.6 years of school in science, compared to similar students in comparable New York City public schools.
- TEP’s cumulative effect on student achievement over four years is approximately equivalent to 78% of the Hispanic-white achievement gap in math, 17% of the Hispanic-white gap in English language arts, and 25% of the Hispanic-white gap in science, using another relevant benchmark.
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