The association, which is an advocate for charter schools, focused on schools where at least 70% of the children qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Of more than 3,000 public schools statewide that fit that description, the highest API score -- 967 -- was earned by American Indian Public Charter, a middle school in Oakland whose students are primarily Asian, black and Latino, and have a poverty rate of 98%. It was followed by its sibling, American Indian Public High School, with a score of 958.
I thought Ben Chavis, leader of the American Indian Public Charter school summed it up rather well:
"These poor kids are doing well because we practice math and language arts," he said. "That's it. It's simple."
For the full California Charter Schools Association survey results go here.