Last fall, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education tried to play a statistical trick to boost the proportion of charter schools that made Adequate Yearly Progress. He wanted to treat each one as a school district. The U.S. Department of Education said that he could not judge charter schools by laxer rules than district schools.

Now the results are in, and the proportion of charters making AYP dropped from 49% to 28%.

Not a single cyber charter met AYP.

And it is clear why secretary Tomalis wanted to change rpthe reporting rules for charters.