The Environmental Charter School at Frick Park was among the four "brick-and-mortar" charter schools in Allegheny County that saw a status change from "Made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress)" to "Warning" after federal education officials denied Pennsylvania's request to evaluate charter schools using more lenient standards.
Another nearby charter school, Propel Homestead, also changed to "Warning" under the recalculations. After the recalculations, no cyber charter school in Pennsylvania made AYP.
The Post-Gazette reported Wednesday that, without waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Education, the state Department of Education treated charter schools as districts rather than individual schools when calculating AYP in September. A district needs only to hit targets in one of three grade spans tested—3-5, 4-6 or 9-12—but individual schools must hit certain targets at every tested grade level to achieve AYP.
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