Education Letter to the Editor

Aren’t Charter Advocates Using a Double Standard?

September 12, 2006 1 min read

To the Editor:

So charter school advocates now say that data from the 2003 National Assessment of Educational Progress showing that charter schools trail behind public schools in student achievement “represent a snapshot at one point in time, with no consideration of students’ prior academic achievement” (“Reanalysis of NAEP Scores Finds Charter Schools Lagging,” Aug. 30, 2006.)

Excuse me, but isn’t it precisely this kind of “snapshot” data that charter school advocates, voucher advocates, and public school critics generally have used for decades to hammer public schools and condemn them as failures?

What hypocrites!

Gerald W. Bracey

Alexandria, Va.

A version of this article appeared in the September 13, 2006 edition of Education Week as Aren’t Charter Advocates Using a Double Standard?