Last month The Buffalo News reported on the number of students who transferred out of charter schools and enrolled in the Buffalo Public School system.
Data provided by the Buffalo school district showed that over a four-month period that ended in November, there were 465 students who transferred. The vast majority cited “parental choice” as the reason.
That number was broken down by individual school in an accompanying blog post.
Following that post, David V. Bouie, director of Aloma D. Johnson Charter School, pointed out an error in the district’s data.
The district reported that 56 students transferred out of the school, but that number included students who finished fourth-grade, the highest grade level available at Aloma D. Johnson.
The number of transfers excluding that number was 21.
“I apologize for the error which may have led parents to be concerned about such a large percentage,” Will Keresztes, the district’s chief of student support, wrote in an e-mail. “Please feel free to share this email with any interested party. For the next report, be assured that steps have been taken to ensure no error of this kind will occur.”
The numbers have been of interest to members of the school board who are curious whether some charter schools are “kicking out” low-performing students to inflate their test scores and graduation rates.
Keresztes said he is in the process of updating the report, and the new document will include the numbers for students who transferred after the start of the school year.
Below is a corrected chart.