State Analysis Says Florida Charters Perform Better Than Traditional Schools

Source: NPR State Impact blog, Nov 2012

Student achievement data compiled by the Florida Department of Education suggests charter students are performing better than their peers in traditional schools.

For the most recent report, the state had 456 charters operating in 43 school districts and at two state universities.

The student population measured was 157,389 in charters versus 2,582,013 in traditional schools.

“We looked at FCAT proficiency (reading, math, science). We then looked at achievement gap, and we then looked at learning gains,” Miller said.

While the report shows the charter students generally perform better, it doesn’t offer any indication why.

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