New York City’s charter schools show “significantly better results for their students in reading and in math than their traditional public school counterparts,” concludes a new study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University. Charter schools do well for students overall, for blacks and Hispanics in both reading and math, for students who had not previously done well in traditional public schools, for students in poverty in reading, for students enrolled for at least two years or more in reading, and for all students in math regardless of how long they were enrolled, concluded Macke Raymond.
Raymond also authored a national charter school study showing mixed results for charter students in 16 states, setting off a dispute with Caroline Hoxby, also a Stanford researcher, who found better results for charter students in New York City. It will be interesting to see if this settles the conflict. Certainly, it’s not impossible that New York City has more high-quality charter schools than elsewhere.