NAEP Gap Continuing for Charters
Sector's Scores Lag in Three Out of Four Main Categories
Nearly four years after a front-page story in The New York Times sparked a fierce debate by suggesting that charter school students nationally were lagging academically behind their peers in regular public schools, the national testing program that informed the controversy has generated far more data for researchers and advocates to scrutinize.
Yet the more recent findings from the National Assessment of Educational Progress have garnered much less attention and analysis than the 2003 results.
The picture that emerges from the growing data set appears mixed for charter schools. While many analysts urge caution in using NAEP to judge the 4,300-school charter sector, the latest data do not bolster the early hopes of charter advocates that the sector as a whole would significantly...
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