Charters' Path to Success or Failure Set Early, Study Finds
First year is key predictor of achievement in later years, study concludes
Charter schools' academic success or failure during their first year is a strong predictor of whether they will excel or struggle in later years, a far-reaching study finds.
The study, released Jan. 30 by Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes , or CREDO, which has conducted extensive analysis of charters around the nation, also concludes that significant improvement in charter school performance over time is rare among middle and high schools, though it occurs more often in elementary schools.
The analysis seeks to test a number of the most pressing questions about charter schools and their "life cycle of quality," said Margaret E. "Macke" Raymond, the study's lead author. Those questions include the extent to which charters can improve over time; whether the academic strategies and other policies they put in place out of the gate determine their success as they reach maturity; and whether charters can expand beyond their original, flagship schools to form...
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