Julian Vasquez Heilig:

As AISD considers whether to continue with IDEA charters, here is some real research based on data for the Austin community to consider about IDEA and college readiness.

Originally posted on A "Fuller" Look at Education Issues:

IDEA Charter School markets itself as a college preparatory education organization with goals of enrolling 100% of graduates in four-year universities and have 100% persistence and graduation rates in college.[1] Indeed, in the introduction of the most recent annual report, Dr. Tom Torkelson, CEO of IDEA Public Schools, makes the following statement:

IDEA puts students on path to succeed in an increasingly competitive global marketplace by providing a rigorous college preparatory education and preparing our low-income, Hispanic and minority students in under-served communities across Texas to apply, matriculate and succeed in a the four year college or university of their choice. To date, 100% of IDEA graduates have been accepted to a four-year college or university and our student (sic) are demonstrating remarkable staying power: 92% are either still in college or have graduated.[2]

Further, on page six of the report, the claim is made that, “ …

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Author:Julian Vasquez Heilig

Julian Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning researcher and teacher. He is currently a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State Sacramento.

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3 Comments on “”

  1. James
    December 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    I thought that we were done with Fuller (mis)using Texas data to support his personal views?


  1. From Friend to Foe: Austin 1, IDEA 0 | Cloaking Inequity - December 20, 2012

    […] college success has been elusive (on average) for IDEA graduates— see Ed Fuller’s analysis here. Sometimes independent data gets in the way of “reformers” […]

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