Study: Charter schools greater assist to poor
June 25, 2013
Charter schools benefit students from poor families, black students and Hispanic English-language learners more than their peers in other groups, a study shows.
Overall, charter school students are faring better than they were four years ago, surpassing those in traditional public schools in reading gains and keeping pace in math, according to the National Charter School Study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford.
The study, released on Tuesday, updated and expanded upon 2009 findings comparing student performance on standardized reading and math tests. The 2013 study included 25 states, the District of Columbia and New York City, which was considered separately from upstate New York because of its huge number of students. Together, the studied places enroll 95 percent of the nation’s 2.3 million charter school students.
“The results reveal that the charter school sector is getting better on average and that charter schools are benefiting low-income, disadvantaged and special-education students,” said Margaret Raymond, the center’s director.