Journal of African American Studies

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 99–119 | Cite as

School Choice and Afrocentric Charter Schools: a Review and Critique of Evaluation Outcomes

  • Martell TeasleyEmail author
  • Jandel Crutchfield
  • Sheara A. Williams Jennings
  • M. Annette Clayton
  • Nathern S. A. Okilwa


In the context of twenty-first century educational reform efforts, school choice options have led to an increase in the number of Afrocentric charter schools. As a school choice option, charter schools that incorporate an Afrocentric approach are more prevalent in large urban school systems disproportionately populated by African-American children and youth. This study examined available data on the performance of Afrocentric charter schools based on their standardized statewide adequate yearly progress (AYP) status. Using systematic research methodology, a keyword search of research databases and internet search engines, 27 Afrocentric charter schools in the USA were identified. Twenty three of the schools met the criteria for analysis, and only 34 % of those schools achieved or exceeded statewide standards in testing and met their state’s AYP goals. Implications for future studies are discussed. The research team contends that Afrocentric charter schools must gain greater legitimacy, using standardized accountability measures, in order to become a credible school choice option to failing urban public schools.


Afrocentric charter schools Urban education Annual yearly progress Educational reform 


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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martell Teasley
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jandel Crutchfield
    • 2
  • Sheara A. Williams Jennings
    • 3
  • M. Annette Clayton
    • 4
  • Nathern S. A. Okilwa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social WorkUniversity of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.University of MississippiOxfordUSA
  3. 3.University of HoustonHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Virginia Wesleyan CollegeNorfolkUSA

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