CCSA Statement Applauding Winners of Title I Academic Achievement Award

March 30, 2011

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
March 31, 2011

Contact: Sierra Jenkins, CCSA
(213) 256-9489
sjenkins@calcharters.org

SACRAMENTO, California (March 31, 2011) - Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement today applauding the winners of the 2010-11 Title I Academic Achievement Award, which include 22 California charter schools:

"We are so proud of these charter schools, which are not only changing their own students' lives, but are setting an example for all our public schools. Charter schools across California are contributing significantly to closing the achievement gap between low-income and affluent communities," said Wallace. "By giving parents and students the choice to pursue a high-quality public education regardless of where they live, or their socio-economic background, charter schools are fulfilling the promise of public education to give all students an equal opportunity."

In February, CCSA recently released its first annual "Portrait of the Movement" report, a detailed look at charter school performance across the state. The report found that charter schools serving low-income populations are generating significantly better results than traditional public schools serving the same populations, thus weakening the link between poverty and underperformance that has been so prevalent in the traditional system. The impact of family income on charter schools' API performance is four times less than the impact of family income on non-charters' performance.

The charter schools receiving the 2010-11 Title I Academic Achievement Award are:

County

District

School

Alameda

Oakland Unified

American Indian Public Charter

Alameda

Oakland Unified

American Indian Public Charter School II

Alameda

Oakland Unified

Lighthouse Community Charter High

Alameda

Oakland Unified

Oakland Charter Academy

El Dorado

SBC - Aspire Public Schools

Aspire Port City Academy

Los Angeles

Hawthorne

Hawthorne Math and Science Academy

Los Angeles

Inglewood Unified

Wilder's Preparatory Academy Charter

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Aspire Antonio Maria Lugo Academy

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Dr. Olga Mohan High

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Gertz-Ressler Academy High

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Renaissance Arts Academy

Orange

Santa Ana Unified

El Sol Santa Ana Science and Arts Academy

Sacramento

Sacramento City Unified

St. HOPE Public School 7 (PS7)

Sacramento

Twin Rivers Unified

Westside Preparatory Charter

San Bernardino

Victor Elementary

Sixth Street Prep

San Diego

Chula Vista Elementary

Chula Vista Learning Community Charter

San Diego

San Diego Unified

King/Chavez Primary Academy

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified

KIPP Bayview Academy

San Joaquin

Lodi Unified

Aspire River Oaks Charter

San Joaquin

Stockton Unified

Aspire Rosa Parks Academy

The Title I Academic Achievement Award is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds as authorized by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Title I funds assist schools in meeting the educational needs of students living near or at the poverty level.

The criteria to qualify for the Title I Academic Achievement Award have become more rigorous in recent years with just 209 California public schools selected for 2010-11. To meet the criteria for this distinction, the school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards and the school's socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.

The 2010-11 awardees will be honored at a reception and banquet at the Disneyland Hotel on May 20, 2011.

About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 912 charter public schools and more than 365,000 students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to usher in a new era in public education so all students attend independent, innovative, accountable schools of choice. The Mission of the California Charter Schools Association is to influence the legislative and policy environments, leverage collective advocacy, and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high quality, charter schools reflective of California's student population. For more information, please visit www.calcharters.org.