90% of NYC’s charter schools are members of the NYC Special Education Collaborative, which provides schools with the training, professional develop­ment, resources, support and expert guidance needed to create a successful and compliant program for students with special needs. These schools are committed to sharing and learning best practices on everything from building more inclusive programs to specially designed instruction to improve their services and supports.

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    of students enrolled in charter schools have special needs


    charter schools featured a preference for students with special needs in their 2016-17 admissions lotteries


    charter schools enroll a higher proportion of students with special needs in their schools than the citywide average of 18.2%

    our impact on the charter sector

    The percentage of students with special needs enrolled in NYC charter schools increased by 1/3 between 2012 & 2015.
    Students with special needs in charter schools are more likely than their district peers to be declassified from special education and move into less restrictive settings.
    NYC charter schools’ students with special needs score proficient in Math and English Language Arts (ELA) at higher rates than citywide averages.

    2016-17 Math and ELA Peformance, students with special needs

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