School Choice & Charters

TABLE: Charter vs. Noncharter Performance

October 06, 2004 1 min read

This chart compares scores of regular public school students with those of charter school students on the 4th and 8th grade reading and math tests of the 2003 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Number Average Scale Score % Below Basic % at or Above Basic % at or Above Proficient % At Advanced
Grade 4 Math
Charter 2,913 228* 33* 67* 25* 2*
Other public 173,849 234 24 76 32 4
Grade 4 Reading
Charter 2,870 210* 45 55 25* 5*
Other public 169,070 217 38 62 30 7
Grade 8 Math
Charter 1,604 271 42* 58* 24 6
Other public 140,121 276 33 67 27 5
Grade 8 Reading
Charter 1,671 259 33 67 29 4
Other public 138,888 261 28 72 30 3

*Statistically significant difference from other public schools.

SOURCE: American Federation of Teachers analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education

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A version of this article appeared in the September 01, 2004 edition of Education Week as TABLE: Charter vs. Noncharter Performance

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