In light of the recent Globe investigation that found charter schools generally enroll fewer children with disabilities and fewer children who don’t speak English fluently than district public schools, I thought it would be interesting to compare Prospect Hill Academy with the two districts where it is based, Somerville and Cambridge.
Here’s what the state Department of Education says:
|“limited English proficient” %||special education %|
|Prospect Hill Academy||1.7||6.6|
These numbers don’t prove the school is purposely selecting students, but I do know of a kindergarten special education teacher who had students turned away by Prospect Hill Academy.
At any rate, the numbers do show that test scores at the charter school can’t usefully be compared to those of the Somerville school district.