The utility of the data on performance is limited because it’s now several years old and because in the case of two states, TX and NC, better quality studies that consider growth are available.
Eduwonk says the New York Times’ story, though somewhat misleading, isn’t a hatchet job.
The New York Post disagrees, taking a shot at the Times in its editorial on the report.
Get ready for another round of malevolent hand-wringing from the enemies of school choice.
The U.S. Department of Education yesterday made public a report showing that kids in charter schools in five states — Texas, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Colorado and Illinois — are slightly less likely to meet state performance standards than those attending traditional public schools.
No surprise there. Charter schools take on a disproportionate number of the most difficult students; the schools are largely targeted at urban black and Latino students, and they often serve as escapes for children struggling in the traditional public-school system.
The DOE makes this clear — calling the data “limited” and noting that more sophisticated studies have shown kids in charter schools making faster progress than other students.
But count on those caveats to be ignored by the enemies of choice: teachers unions in general — and The New York Times in particular.
The Education Department doesn’t yet have studies showing how charter school students progress over time.