Philly charter schools have higher graduation rates than the District, but why?

    Philadelphia charter schools have higher graduation rates than Philadelphia public schools, according to the statistics.

    But why?

    The four-year graduation rate for high schools who started in the Fall of 2007 is 75 percent, according to our partners at the Notebook. That’s 14 points higher than district schools.

    The discrepancy could be linked to the differences in students make-up. Philadelphia’s public schools have more students that qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, more special education students and more African American students.

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    Better than three-fourths of charter students graduate high school in fewer than six years.

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