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Charter schools perform no better, and often worse, than public schools

New CREDO report examines charter school performance


WASHINGTON - June 17, 2009 -

A national study on charter school quality by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) found that academic growth in 37 percent of charter schools is significantly worse than traditional public schools. In addition, 46 percent of the charter schools have the same academic results as traditional public schools. 

The six states with the largest number of charter schools—Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Texas—fared most poorly in the study. Likewise, states where charter school students showed the most improvement are those with relatively few charter schools and more effective oversight.

The following can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“The study calls into question the wisdom of investing large amounts of taxpayers’ money in the creation of charter schools in hopes of improving schools. The results are mixed, at best, and show the danger of relying heavily on the rapid creation of charter schools as an education improvement strategy. NEA supports removing unnecessary barriers to innovation and experimentation for all public schools, including public charter schools. However, NEA also believes that charter schools require oversight and accountability for quality and financial integrity and must answer to parents and taxpayers.”

For additional information, please visit www.nea.org.
The full report can be found at: http://credo.stanford.edu

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Will Potter (202) 822-7823, wpotter@nea.org