Assessing charter schools | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Assessing charter schools

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 1:31 PM

The Southern Regional Education Board has completed a study aimed at assessing charter schools. It's worth a read for all interested in the topic.

Bottom line: Mixed bag. Some charters do better than public schools, some do worse. In states with the most charter schools -- Florida, Texas, North Carolina and Delaware --public schools did as well or better than charter schools as a whole in elementary and middle school grades. Results were better at charter high schools, but that could have been explained by student body populations, for example some tended to attract better students or those with better educated parents. One notable exception to the general trends: Texas charter schools showed comparative success in advancing at-risk kids in lower grades.

Two conclusions: 1) Older charter schools do better; 2) some students have initial difficulties adjusting to charter schools.

Key point: States should develop reliable ways to measure charter schools and students' annual progress. States should be measuring similarly situated groups of charter and regular public school students. States should attempt to learn, too, if charter methods are responsible for progress or whether other factors -- quality of student body, say --  are more important.


Favorite

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Whipping the votes for the next House speaker

    The legislature adjourns this week with little formal action expected, though quiet talk seems likely to continue about the future leadership of the House of Representatives.
    • Apr 22, 2019
  • One dead, two wounded in early morning shooting

    KARK's Susanne Brunner reports that one person has been killed and two wounded in a shooting shortly after 1 a.m. this morning near Roosevelt Road and Cross Street.
    • Apr 17, 2019
  • Reality bites at Little Rock City Hall; spending must be cut

    A followup to Rebekah Hall's earlier report on Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s announcement that cuts will be necessary in the city budget in part to pay for "priorities," such as his desire to expand the police force, but also to deal with the reality often mentioned here of stagnant to decling city sales tax revenue. Some quick ideas on that:
    • Apr 17, 2019
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2019 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation