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Chartering a perfect score

Though recent state test results show 10th graders lagging in math across the state – on the same test they have to pass to graduate – boosters of the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy are pointing proudly to their 10th grade scores.

On this spring’s Idaho Standards Achievement Test, the charter academy’s 23 sophomores all scored at or above the “proficient” level in math – that’s 100 percent. In fact, those same 10th graders also scored 100 percent proficient in the test’s other two categories, reading and language.

Not so for the Idaho Virtual Academy, a statewide online charter school that includes many North Idaho kids. Among that school’s 15 10th graders, just 33.3 percent scored proficient in math, 53.3 percent in language and 73.3 percent in reading.

Among all schools in the state, the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy’s 10th grade proficiency scores were by far the highest. The only other schools to come close were the Meridian Medical Arts Charter High School, whose 49 sophomores were 91.8 percent proficient in math, 100 percent in language and 98 percent in reading; and the Meridian Charter High School in Technology, whose 57 sophomores scored 98.3 percent proficient in math, 94.6 percent in language and 98.2 percent in reading.

It’s a big file to download, but you can see scores for all schools at this link. ISAT scores by school district, gender, ethnicity and several other categories also have been posted on the web.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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