Charter school performance soars when students spend enough time in them to benefit

The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) research group at Stanford University recently released an update report titled “National Charter School Study 2013,” a continuation of a study they started in 2009. Perhaps the most important finding repeats and enlarges upon a finding in the original study; throughout the country, once students have spent…

Charter school performance getting better over time for students in poverty

Back in 2009, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) research group at Stanford University caused a huge stir with their report that claimed only a small proportion of charter school students were outperforming their traditional public school counterparts. That was then. CREDO recently released an updated report, “National Charter School Study 2013,” and…

Charter School Successes: BASIS charters outperform in Arizona – and the world!

The National Center for Policy Analysis reports that a BASIS charter school in Tucson scored even higher than students from Shanghai, an Asian education powerhouse, on recent international tests. The National Center says of the BASIS Tucson North school: “The Tucson charter school outscored all 40 countries that administered the 2012 PISA, or Programme for…

Who’s going to fix deficiencies in new education standards?

It might not be our teachers! A new article from WFPL’s Devin Katayama, “Kentucky Colleges Should Improve Recruitment, Training for Would-Be Teachers, Education Leaders Say,” adds to concerns about claims that deficiencies in the vague and incomplete Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will all be fixed by Kentucky teachers…

Are Kindergartens ready for kids?

This great question comes from Kentucky Youth Advocates head Terry Brooks. You may need a subscription to read his great post, “Are Kindergarten Classrooms Ready for all Kids?” in Education Week’s blogs. A key Brooks point: “Greatness for…any elementary school must include being ready for those kindergarteners as they walk through the door just as…