2015 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools Winner: Noble Network of Charter Schools

The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools honors the public charter management organization that has demonstrated the most outstanding overall student performance among the country’s largest urban charter management organizations while reducing achievement gaps for low-income and students of color.

The Noble Network of Charter Schools was named the winner of the $250,000 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools on June 22, 2015 at the National Charter Schools Conference in New Orleans.

In evaluating publicly available student achievement data on 20 large established charter school systems across the country, a 10-member review board of national education experts found Noble to have the best overall student academic performance.

Noble is a growing system of secondary schools in Illinois that serves 10,000 students who attend 16 high schools and one middle school. Noble’s students are 95 percent African-American or Hispanic, and 89 percent are low-income. In 2014, Noble consistently ranked among the top- performing public school systems in Illinois, especially for African-American, Hispanic and low-income students. Additionally, Noble’s four-year cohort graduation rate was significantly higher than the state average.

Learn more about the 2015 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools:

> 2015 Video: Top Three CMOs
> 2015 Eligible CMOs (PDF)
> 2015 Review Board (PDF)
> 2015 Frequent Questions (PDF)
> 2015 Press Release (PDF)

 


Michael Milkie, founder, superintendent and CEO of Noble Network of Charter Schools, Constance Brewer, chief external affairs officer, and Sara Kandler, grants and special projects manager (left to right), react to the announcement that Noble is the winner of the 2015 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools before an audience of 3,000 people at the National Charter Schools Conference in New Orleans.


Michael Milkie, founder, superintendent and CEO of Noble Network of Charter Schools, accepts the 2015 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools before an audience of 3,000 people at the National Charter Schools Conference in New Orleans.


Michael Milkie (center), founder, superintendent and CEO of Noble Network of Charter Schools, is accompanied by (left to right) Constance Brewer, Noble's chief external affairs officer, Sara Kandler, Noble's grants and special projects manager, and former Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek at announcement of the 2015 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools at the National Charter Schools Conference in New Orleans.




Photo credit: Peter Panayiotou for National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (www.panayiotou.com)