The average charter school doesn’t do any better educating kids than the typical traditional public school, according to a new study released Wednesday. In some cases, charter schools do worse.
The report from the Center of Research on Education Outcomes compared the reading and math test scores of charters and traditional public schools that shared traits.
The study concluded that 37 percent of charter schools posted math gains that were significantly below what students would have earned at local traditional public schools.
The report wasn’t all negative. Researchers found charter school students do better the longer they’re in charter schools. While students’ learning declines the first year, they post huge gains during their second and third years.
What makes this study so important is that the group reviewed about 70 percent of the nation’s charter schools.
Expect advocates on both sides of the charter debate to cite this study as leaders debate new rules over charters