FL Dept of Education Report: Charter Schools Outperformed Traditional Public Schools in 55 of 63 FCAT comparisons & 83/96 Learning Gains comparisons

Source: Florida Department of Education website, Mar 2013
(please read the report for details)

The data contained in the report is derived from student performance on the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test and Algebra end-of-course exams from the 2011-12 school year, based on more than three million test scores. The report makes 177 comparisons covering three measurements: proficiency, achievement gaps, and learning gains.

Each of these measurement areas are broken down further to offer a more detailed view of student achievement.

  • The FCAT proficiency section of the report contains 63 separate comparisons of student achievement using both overall rates of proficiency by grade groupings and comparisons of subgroup performance. In 55 of the 63 comparisons, charter school students outperformed traditional public school students, with one tie.
  • The learning gains section of the report includes 96 comparisons of learning gains made by charter school students and traditional public school students. Charter school students had higher average learning gains in 83 of the 96 comparisons.

Two observations:

  1. The student populations are slightly different. Thus an in-depth statistical analysis is necessary to interpret the results.  However the report does not include sufficient data to undertake a statistical analysis.
  2. The graphs’ Y-axes should all start at 0 (zero). 

Report Cover

FCAT Reading

FCAT Reading

FCAT Math (elementary and middle schools)


FCAT Science

FCAT Science

Algebra End of Course Exams (middle and high schools)

Algebra End of Course Exam

Reading Learning Gains Comparison

Learning Gains Comparison - Reading

Math Learning Gains Comparison

Learning Gains Comparison - Math

FCAT Proficiency Data

FCAT Proficiency Data


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