New Jersey Charter Schools Outperform Their Public School Peers

That is the gist of a report from Stanford University’s Center for Research in Education Outcomes (CREDO). The report – Charter School Performance in New Jersey – states that “…the analysis shows that students in New Jersey charter schools on average make larger learning gains in both reading and mathematics.”(4-5) The methodology is presented (7-10) as well as the differences in student populations between charter schools and TPS(traditional public schools)(11-14). The charter schools in Newark are singled out for their overall superior numbers while the four other major clusters of charter schools in Camden, Jersey City, Paterson and Trenton do not fare as well.(16) Table 7 presents a “summary of statistically significant findings for average learning gains” of charter school students; the results are overwhelmingly positive for charter schools.(38) A good overview of this report can be found at NJ Spotlight (a favorite site of ours); School Finance 101 zeros in on the Newark results; Commissioner Cerf  issued a statement touting the results; and The Star-Ledger contains a story on this as does NJ101.5, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Education Week.

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