Charter school students in the Boston area outscore traditional public school students on most tests, reports the Boston Globe.
In Boston, for example, 56 percent of the charter school students scored proficient or advanced last year on the 10th-grade English test, compared with 38 percent of students in the regular public schools.
Looking at tests across all grades in eight cities last year, charter school students finished ahead of regular school students by an average of 12 percentage points.
Boston charters “generally serve high-poverty students and high percentages of African-Americans,” writes the Globe, but charter students are less likely to be learning English or severely disabled. Most charter schools have a waiting list; students are selected by lottery.