CREDO Study: Charter Schools Are Improving

Source: Edweek, Jun 2013

Charter school students are outpacing their peers in regular public school districts in reading and performing at about the same level as traditional public school students in math, according to a new multistate study by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Educational Options.

the new study shows that a quarter of charter schools outperformed regular public school districts in reading, and 29 percent of charters outperformed their local districts in math, while only 19 percent performed significantly worse in reading and 31 percent performed significantly worse in math. That shift represents a significant turnaround for charter school performance compared to the performance of students in regular public schools.

Researchers attribute those gains to both the closures of low-performing charter schools as well as an overall decline in performance of the regular public schools.

Another difference researchers saw since the 2009 study was that charter schools are educating more disadvantaged students than they were four years ago. More than half of the charter school population—54 percent—live in poverty, a higher percentage than reported in the 2009 study.

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