New Proficiency Standards Hit Charters

August 2, 2010  |  

(WSJ) — The Equity Project Charter School garnered headlines and accolades when it opened last September with an unusual plan: recruit top teachers and pay them $125,000—substantially more than the average teacher salary anywhere in the country.

Its test scores did not match the hoopla: Only 37.4% of the students were proficient in math and 24% were proficient in English. On average, the other public schools in Equity Project’s Washington Heights district performed better, the test scores released last week showed.

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