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NYC Charter School Gains Equivalent to Months of More Learning, Study Finds

October 4, 2017

School Choice Weekly #195

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, even slight separation from government oversight, as is the case with charter schools, improves life for children, parents, and society:

Now a new study from Stanford University’s Center for Research on Educational Outcomes, or CREDO, has come out comparing how well all three types of schools are educating their students.

CREDO defined a charter management organization, or a CMO, as an organization that runs three or more schools and holds the charter contracts for the schools that they operate. Success Academy, KIPP, and Achievement First are a few well-known CMOs in New York.

Students in CMO-run schools improved in math so much that CREDO researchers estimate it was as if those students received an extra 97 days of schooling over their district school counterparts. For reading, the gains were equal to about an extra 46 days. 

CMO students gained 63 more days of learning in math and 40 more days in reading compared to students in charter schools not affiliated with a management organization.

But when compared to their peers in traditional public schools, students in independent charter schools attained the equivalent of an extra 34 days in math and performed about the same in reading.

Don’t worry, teachers unions and the educational elite won’t let such evidence on the benefits of school choice sway their battle against offering families learning alternatives. See below:

SOURCE: EdWeek.org


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Teresa Mull is the managing editor for School Reform News.
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