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…

Is an ‘illegal’ charter school the secret of Taylor County superintendent’s success in reducing dropout rates?

Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook proudly announced to everyone’s surprise during a recent meeting of the Interim Joint Education Committee that he is operating an illegal charter school in his district. Will the politicians try to stop him – especially considering the fact that not a single student has dropped out of his district during…