A New York Times story reports that charter school students in New York City outperform their peers who applied for admission to the charters but did not get in. (New York City uses a lottery to admit students to its charter schools so the charge can’t be lodged that charters select only the cream of the crop.)
This is one of the strongest findings in favor of charter schools. The study, which is being released today, was done by Stanford economist Caroline M. Hoxby.
Here’s a link to the study itself.
While localized to New York schools, this study will likely be cited as evidence of the efficacy of charters, which are a critical plank in the Obama-Duncan education reform blueprint.
I know there’s been a lot of debate on Gwinnett’s Ivy Preparatory Academy on this blog. (It’s in the entry below on charter schools.) But I think we will continue to see more charters here and across the country.