CREDO Looks at Texas Charters

One of the most often quoted education research entities in the nation is the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University.  They have just released a report looking at charter schools in Texas.  Their findings basically parallel a recent post about info released by state board of education vice-chair Thomas Ratliff.

Here are some of their findings.

Black students account for roughly a quarter of the charter school population in Texas. In a typical year, learning for Black charter students lags that of Black district school students by 36 days in reading and 43 days in math.

Hispanic students account for roughly half of the charter school population in Texas. Charter students who are Hispanic experience the equivalent of 14 and 22 fewer days of learning in reading and math respectively, compared to Hispanic students attending traditional public schools.

during the study fortyfive percent of the charter schools in reading, and fortyeight percent in math were categorized as low achievement and low growth.

To see the full report, go here.

Given that Alabama now has legislation allowing for charter schools, no doubt some will claim they are the best thing since sliced bread.  In fact, I recently heard similar comments while on a panel about charters in Mobile.  But as with most things, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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