Under the organization’s proposal, school districts that authorize charter schools would review them based on their “predicted performance” on standardized tests. This would be determined by comparing charter students to their peers in traditional public schools who have similar backgrounds and a past record of similar test scores. The idea is to measure the “value added” by a charter school.
Schools that miss the targets by 10 percent would lose their charter and be forced to close.
Poor performing schools are giving strong charters a bad name. And charter authorizers have been slow to close schools that don’t measure up.
Nationwide, 4,600 charter schools now educate 1.4 million students, reports the National Alliance for Public Charter School’s dashboard. That’s up 11 percent in one year.
Charters serve a higher percentage of non-white students and students from low-income families than other public schools. 62% of public charter school students are non-white and 48% qualify for free and reduced-price lunch (compared with 47% non-white and 45% free and reduced price lunch in other public schools).
Ten states have no charter schools.