Reach Academy for Girls could close

By Tom Lehman 12:46am, November 5, 2013 - Updated 11:48am, November 5, 2013
A charter school in Claymont with 468 students could be facing closure after a committee voted to recommend against renewal of its charter.

The education department says the Charter School Accountability Committee voted Monday against renewing the charter of Reach Academy for Girls. The school serves students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Education Secretary Mark Murphy will make a decision on the issue next week. If he decides against renewing the charter, it would mean Reach would close after the end of the current school year.

Panel members cited mistakes in the school's interpretation of its own data what they see as a lack of understanding of data and how the information should be used.

The committee found student achievement data at Reach was among the lowest in the state with proficiency levels falling below or far below the standard in almost every category.

Only 25.1 percent of students finished the school year proficient in mathematics after the last school year, the committee said.

The panel also found 42.5 percent were proficient in English language arts.

Reach's charter was placed on probation in 2011 because of financial and governance issues but that measure was removed earlier this year after the school meeting conditions.

A public hearing on the matter is set to occur on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Conference Room C of Delaware Technical & Community College's Wilmington campus, located at 333 N. Shipley Street.

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