Sunday, September 01, 2013

CREDO Study on Charters in LA

CREDO is out with another study that shows the incredible things charters schools are doing in LA: Charter School Performance in Louisiana (52 pages). Here’s the short summary:

Based on the findings presented here, the typical student in a Louisiana charter school gains more learning in a year than his TPS counterpart, resulting in about two months of additional gains in reading and three months in math. These positive patterns are pronounced in New Orleans and other urban settings where historically student academic performance has been poor. The difference in learning in New Orleans charter school equates to four months of additional learning in reading and five more months of learning in math. These outcomes are consistent with the result that charter schools have significantly better results than TPS for Black students who are in poverty.

…The school results were dramatic in New Orleans. Fifty percent of New Orleans charter schools have significantly better learning gains in reading than their local option, while 62 percent of charters outperform in math. Just 6 percent and 4 percent of New Orleans charter schools have lower learning gains than TPS in reading and math, respectively.

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