Are ELL Students Underrepresented in Charter Schools? Demographic Trends in New York City, 2006-2008

Jack Buckley and Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj
27 Apr, 2010

In this 2010 report, the New York University authors analyzed enrollment patterns of student subpopulations in New York City charter schools over three years. They found significant variation among charter schools. On average from 2006-2008, as compared with districtwide averages, English language learners (ELLs) were underrepresented in charter schools, students who qualify for reduced price lunch were overrepresented, and similar percentages of students were eligible for free lunch. The authors also identified one charter school at which ELLs were overrepresented, as compared with districtwide averages, and described strategies the school is implementing to serve their ELLs.