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Research Report: Charter Schools

By Christina A. Samuels — January 10, 2012 1 min read
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The charter-run schools in New Orleans that are a part of Louisiana’s Recovery School District have shown some dramatic gains in student performance, but the schools that are managed directly by the district have not demonstrated the same level of improvement, according to a new report.

The study was released last month by the Cowen Institute for Public Affairs Initiatives at Tulane University in New Orleans.

In 2004, before the RSD took over most of New Orleans’ schools, 71 percent of students were attending schools rated “academically unacceptable.”

That share dropped to 65 percent in the 2007-08 school year and 36 percent by 2010-11. However, the failing schools tend to be concentrated among the schools that are run directly by the district.

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A version of this article appeared in the January 11, 2012 edition of Education Week as Charter Schools

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