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charters on the hill
June 13, 2018
Virtual schools, open records, and claims about research — highlights from Congress’s look at charter schools
Charter schools got some extra attention in Washington, D.C. today in the form of a U.S. House hearing.
the consequences of closure
August 24, 2017
Schools with more students of color are more likely to be shut down — and three other things to know about a big new study
Shutting down schools with low test scores doesn’t help student learning and disproportionately affects students of color, according a new study.
June 27, 2017
A new study reveals which NYC charter school networks are outperforming their peers
The results are part of a broader study released this month that analyzed hundreds of charter schools and networks across 26 states to assess which types of charters are most effective in boosting student learning.
the evolution of research
June 15, 2017
Beyond the test score horse race: 5 big questions researchers are asking about charter schools
Here are a few of the big questions that some charter schools researchers are examining — and other important questions that have received little attention.
Movers & shakers
June 14, 2017
Why the new director of KIPP Memphis calls the city’s charter landscape ‘beautiful and elegant’
In a Q&A with Chalkbeat, Kendra Ferguson talks about KIPP Memphis, with an eye toward bolstering academics and student retention.
June 12, 2017
Who’s helping and who’s hurting? New national study looks at how charter networks measure up, from KIPP to K12
"Why are some networks with terrible average growth allowed to continue to operate multiple schools?” the report asks.
DeVos and Detroit
January 16, 2017
Can Betsy DeVos be blamed for the state of Detroit’s schools? What you need to know
Critics assert that Michigan charter schools can open wherever they want, shut down without notice and operate with less oversight than charters in some other parts of the country but DeVos defenders say she’s created educational opportunities for families that otherwise wouldn’t have had them.
February 20, 2013
Study: Students gain by attending city charter schools, usually
A chart from the latest CREDO study about city charter schools shows that students at many charter schools make outsized gains in math. But in reading, charter school students tend fall behind more often, researchers found. City students benefit from attending city charter schools, according to a new study — but the advantages are not universal. The study, by Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes, which analyzes charter school performance, concluded that city charter school students, on average, learn five more months of math each year than similar students in neighboring schools. In Harlem, where the charter school enrollment share is highest, the math gain was seven months, the researchers found. And in reading, charter school students averaged one month's additional learning each year, the researchers found. All of the gains were measured by students' state test scores. Yet within the sector, some schools did far better than the average — and others far worse. The study found that nearly two thirds of charter schools moved their students forward in math significantly farther than other schools in the area. But a full quarter of charter schools moved their students forward significantly less in reading.
July 12, 2012
Emails illuminate SUNY's 2010 bid to keep authorizing charters
A chart from a 2010 analysis that compared charter schools' performance by authorizer. When a researcher with a penchant for crunching charter school data sat down to compare New York State's charter authorizers in 2010, her impetus wasn't merely academic. For Jonas Chartock, then the director of one of three authorizers, who requested an analysis, the data was a matter of survival. “At the time there was a real push by some politicians to eliminate SUNY as an authorizer,” said Chartock, who headed SUNY's Charter School Institute until early 2011. Chartock asked Macke Raymond, a Stanford researcher who had just wrapped up a broad study of New York City's charter sector, to examine her school performance data based on which office had authorized it. Her comparison showed up as an attachment to one of several hundred Department of Education emails released last week in response to a teachers union's Freedom of Information Law request. Raymond found that students at SUNY-authorized charter schools improved at a quicker pace than students at schools authorized by the State Education Department and the city Department of Education. At schools authorized by SED, she found, students actually lost ground over time.
January 5, 2010
Stanford study shows many city charters besting district schools
A chart from the CREDO study shows black and Hispanic students in charter schools have higher scores on reading and math tests than peers in district schools. Students in nearly 50 charter schools across the city are outperforming their peers in district schools on state tests, according to a study by an education research group at Stanford University. The report, which was done by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes, known as CREDO, uses the same methodology the group used when looking at the performance of charter schools in several states across the country. Looking at 49 city charter schools from the 2003-04 to 2008-09 school years, CREDO matched data from about 20,000 students in grades 3-8 to an identical number of students with comparable scores at local competing district schools. Though the Department of Education asked CREDO to do the analysis, the foundation procured its own funding for it. CREDO's study of charter schools across the country offered a mixed picture — charter schools in some states did better than local schools, while others did worse — but New York City stands out as having a particularly successful crop of charter schools.
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