That's the gist of results released by the Illinois state board of
education. "Only one of nine Chicago multi-state charter operators --
Noble Street," write Rosalind Rossi and Art Golab of the Chicago
Sun-Times, "beat the districtwide average of all Chicago public schools
for the percent of students passing state tests last spring."
was the first time the state board has released the scores of
individual charter operators, as opposed to an aggregate look at charter
school test scores. The data bolsters Noble's already strong
reputation, but casts doubt on whether any of the other city charters
are preferable to neighborhood schools.