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Major Win For School Choice: Charter Students Smarter, Earn More

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Major Win For School Choice: Charter Students Smarter, Earn More

Robby Soave|Jul. 22, 2014 10:15 am


Wikimedia CommonsA just-released study from the University of Arkansas provides a substantial endorsement of charter school education. U.S. students who spent several years in charter schools were found to score significantly better on tests and make more money than their counterparts in traditional K-12 public schools, when adjusted for funding discrepancies.

Researchers examined data from 21 different states. While the results varied, charter schools were found to be more productive—and generate a higher return on investment—than traditional public schools (TPS). On average, charter school students scored so much better on assessments that spending money on charters was roughly 40 percent more efficient than spending money on TPS. According to the study:

Comparing [National Assessment of Education Progress] achievement obtained in public charter schools versus TPS for 21 states and DC, we find the public charter school sector delivers a weighted average of an additional 17 NAEP points per $1000 invested in math, representing a productivity advantage of 40% for charters; In reading, the public charter sector delivers an additional 16 NAEP points per $1000 invested, representing a productivity advantage of 41% for charters.

https://reason.com/blog/2014/07/22/major-win-for-school-choice-charter-stud

2 thoughts on “Major Win For School Choice: Charter Students Smarter, Earn More

  1. Charter schools get to choose who they educate. Public Schools don’t. They are generally filled with academically high achieving students with parents who are involved and motivated to help their children. This does not happen in public schools…..


  2. anon:

    Charter schools get to choose who they educate. Public Schools don’t. They are generally filled with academically high achieving students with parents who are involved and motivated to help their children. This does not happen in public schools…..

    exactly the kind of school I want my children attending
    Bring on more charter schools.

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