Published Online: December 14, 2006

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Federal Report Highlights Charter Efforts to Close Achievement Gap

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A federal report highlights charter schools that are using effective methods to close the achievement gaps between low-income, minority, and special education students and their peers.

Produced for the U.S. Department of Education by its office of innovation and improvement, the report profiles eight secondary charter schools. Media Technology Charter High School in Boston, for example, requires incoming freshmen to start with a five-week summer session at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Students at Gateway High School in San Francisco are offered personalized learning programs and work closely with adult staff members.

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