The new year ushers in a time of unprecedented school choice in the Charlotte area. And unfortunately for families trying to sort it all out, school data is harder than usual to find.
Twenty-six of North Carolina's 127 charter schools are in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, and this week the state Board of Education is poised to approve 11 more to open in August. That includes four near the Meck/Cabarrus line that plan to draw students from both counties.
The nonprofit MeckEd has provided a boost for families interested in charters, with an updated report on local charters.
|2012 magnet fair|
CMS kicks off its month-long magnet application period Saturday with a school options fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, 1430 Alleghany St. A dozen new magnets and other programs for 2014-15 will be among the options showcased.
And new N.C. Opportunity Scholarships will help low-income families pay for private school in 2014-15. Applications will be taken starting Feb. 1 for $4,800 vouchers.
It's the time of year when families traditionally scour data on academic performance, demographics and other measures of school performance, trying to figure out the best option for their kids in the coming year. But a confluence of new state tests and problems with the new PowerSchool data system have made that unusually difficult.
Halfway through the school year, CMS has yet to release any enrollment numbers or demographics for individual schools, or to post long-promised school data reports. N.C. school report cards, usually a great source of information, haven't been updated to reflect 2012-13 data.
I've got 2013 proficiency results for CMS and Mecklenburg charters in the School Data maps at the right of this post, but families tend to want a lot more. I'm expecting state and local resources to be updated this month, and as fresh information arrives I'll keep you posted.
Meanwhile, I'd love to hear from those of you who are exploring your choices. With so many new and untested options, how are you checking them out? What kind of questions do you have about the rapidly-changing school choice scene, and what tips do you have for fellow seekers?