New figures shed light on performance of 2 charter schools in Lafayette Parish

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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — New figures have shed some light on the performance of two charter schools in Lafayette Parish.

In August, Charter Schools USA opened the Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy and the Lafayette Renaissance Charter Academy.

Although both schools are receiving high marks from both staff and parents, and have enrollments that are close to projections, The Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/1suMnKU) it appears that Acadiana Renaissance is performing somewhat better than its counterpart in several areas.

According to data provided by CSUSA's local board, there are 671 students enrolled at Acadiana Renaissance, one more student than projected. Since July, 14 students have withdrawn from the school, mostly because their families were moving or decided to homeschool them.

Lafayette Renaissance currently has 517 students enrolled, according to school data. That's a little below the projected enrollment of 589 students. Since July, the school has had 127 students withdraw for a variety of reasons, including families moving, issues with transportation, leadership and teachers or transferring to a district school.

In addition to the surveys, the schools have also received academic test scores from the first part of the year.

The scores show that at Acadiana Renaissance, most students appear to be performing well. More than 50 percent of students have scores above national averages in kindergarten reading, first grade reading and math, second grade reading, fourth grade reading and science, fifth grade reading and science and sixth grade reading and science. The school's sixth grade science scores are in the top 25 percent of all Charter Schools USA schools.

However, at Lafayette Renaissance, the scores are a slightly different story. The results showed that 39 percent or fewer students were performing below national targets in first-grade reading and math, second-grade reading and math, third-grade reading and math, fourth-grade math, fifth-grade math and sixth-grade reading and math. All of those are in the bottom 25 percent for CSUSA schools.


Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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