- BASIS Tucson, their flagship school, has a serious attrition problem;
- BASIS Tucson's high attrition means they skyrocket up Jay's Newsweek list; and
- Jay's concluding remarks about the school and the possibility of others giving this model a try is pretty silly (to put it kindly).
- [As a bonus, there's also a bit about AZ charters not keeping track of how many F/R lunch kids they serve]
We take the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge (AICE) tests given at a school each year and divide by the number of seniors graduating in May or June.
It will be interesting to watch. No one has ever planned for D.C. students to work this hard and do this well. If such high standards succeed at BASIS, other schools may have to give them a try.
Can such a school survive in the District? Michael Block says 26 percent of BASIS Tucson students are Hispanic or black, and estimates about 20 percent are low-income. Yet the school’s average SAT score last year, 1854, was above the 1852 average at Langley High School in McLean, where only 2 percent of students come from low-income homes. Seventy-two percent of BASIS Tucson’s Hispanic students and 88 percent of its black students had passing scores on AP tests in 2010, compared to passing rates of 42 percent and 27 percent for those ethnicities nationally.