CREDO: NYC charter students learn more
In schools run by charter networks, such as Success Academy, KIPP, and Achievement First, students gained the equivalent of an extra 97 days of schooling in math, 46 days in reading, CREDO estimated.
Independent charter schools, which include both strong and weak schools, did worse than networked charters on average, but gained 34 days in math compared to district-run schools. Reading scores were about the same.
On average, the city’s charter students gained an extra 63 days of learning in math and 23 days of learning in reading compared to “virtual twin” students in district schools.
The neediest students — African-American and Hispanic students in poverty — gained the most.
Thousands of charter-school parents have asked New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio to approve space for new and expanding charter schools, reports The 74.
“I think it’s unfair to have charter school parents in this limbo,” Miriam Reyes of East Flatbush told the New York Daily News. Reyes’s son son attends Success Academy Bergen Beach charter school. She wants him to attend a new Success Academy middle school next year, but the school is one of several waiting for location details from City Hall.