The US Department of Education released a report, "The Evaluation of
Charter School Impacts," in June 2010.
According to the report, the evaluation was conducted in 36 charter middle schools across 15 states and compares outcomes of students who applied and were admitted to these schools through randomized admissions lotteries (lottery winners) with the outcomes of students who also applied to these schools and participated in the lotteries but were not admitted (lottery losers).
The key findings, as stated in the Executive Summary (italics are mine):
• On average, study charter schools did not have a statistically significant impact on student achievement.
• Study charter schools positively affected parent and student satisfaction with and perceptions of school.
Oh, I get it. This must be what all the fuss is about...students don't actually do any better in charter schools. They just feel better about their schools. Wow. No wonder Governor Christie, President Obama, Arne Duncan and the rest are so excited.
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