30 May 82% of Success Academy Special-Needs Students Are Proficient in Math, 60% in English. a Look at What the Network Does — and How

May 30, 2018

By: Charles Sahm

Source: The 74

New Yorkers have come to expect the extraordinary from Success Academy charter schools. So when results from the 2017 state exams were released, it wasn’t surprising that 95 percent of Success students scored proficient in math and 84 percent in English (compared with city district school averages of 38 and 41 percent, respectively).

What was notable, even for Success, was the performance of the network’s students with disabilities.

Of Success students with special needs, 82 percent scored proficient in math and 60 percent in English. Success reports that even among its students with moderate to severe learning disabilities — those assigned to self-contained classrooms with other students who have learning disabilities — 54 percent scored proficient in math and 32 percent in English. Astonishingly, Success students in self-contained classrooms outperformed both district and charter school math proficiency averages.

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