Charter schools outperform non-charters in Colorado, reports the Denver Post.
Forty-six percent of Colorado’s charter school programs were rated “excellent” or “high” on the state’s School Accountability Reports this year, compared with 39.6 percent of traditional public schools, a Denver Post analysis of the accountability data found.
Colorado charters serve fewer students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunches, which is the traditional way of determining student poverty. Advocates say they’ve got just as many poor kids but many charters don’t serve lunch, so they don’t collect eligibility data.
Education Gadfly points out that “many of the Colorado charter schools have been around long enough to iron out some of the ‘start-up’ kinks that plague fledgling charters elsewhere.”