Proponents of charter schools received a boost recently from a widely publicized report by the Washington Post titled Charter Schools Make Gains On Tests.
I have a number of concerns about charter schools, including the fact that many “cream” the students who are most likely to do well academically.
There are three recent posts from other blogs that examine charter school results (from Washington, D.C. and from other places) very carefully, and are worth reading:
Are All Low-Income Students Alike? from Education Notes Online.
In Search Of The Quick Explanation from the Daily Howler.
Study: Local KIPP schools lose 60% of their students from San Francisco Schools.
I’d also encourage readers to check-out the book Keeping The Promise: The Debate Over Charter Schools. Here’s a review.
I’m very interested in hearing reader feedback on this issue.