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Spotlight on Charter Schools
Spotlight on charter schools is a three-part series presented by the MSBA advocacy staff.
What are the origins of charter schools and are they growing?
Are there caps on charter schools?
Nearly half the states have some kind of a cap on charter schools. The caps in state policies limit charter school expansion in the following ways:
- -The number of schools in the state;-New schools within a designated amount of time; -The number of schools overseen by each authorizer; - The number of students in schools; or - Other restrictions by geography (i.e. district), performance level or funding level.
Is student achievement better in charter schools than traditional public schools?
In 2009, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University conducted the first detailed national assessment of charter schools that analyzed 70% of the nation’s students attending charter schools and compared the academic progress of those students with that of demographically matched students in nearby traditional public schools:
- - 17% of charter schools reported academic gains that were significantly better than traditional public schools.- 46% showed no difference from public schools.- 37% were significantly worse than their traditional public school counterparts - Charter schools showed a significantly greater variation in quality as compared with traditional public schools
Missouri 2011 AYP data:
KC charter schools Math proficient and advanced
- 15 of 30 scored below the KCMSD
- 23 of 30 scored below the State average
KC charter schools in Communication Arts proficient and advanced
- 18 of 30 scored below the KCMSD
- 25 of 30 scored below the State average
STL charter schools Math proficient and advanced
- 12 of 19 scored below the SLPS
- 18 of 19 scored below the State average
- SLPS sponsored charter school (Construction Career Center) has the highest percent proficient & advanced (56.3% even
higher than state average of 54.3).
STL charter schools in Communication Arts proficient and advanced
- 13 of 19 scored below the SLPS
- 15 of 19 scored below the State average
- SLPS sponsored charter school (Construction Career Center) has the 2nd highest percent proficient & advanced (58.6%
even higher than state average of 54.6).
How many charter schools close each year?
Nationally: to date 12.5% of the over 5,200 charter schools in the US have been closed for reasons including academic, financial and managerial problems (Allen, 2009).
Missouri: the percentage of charter schools closed in Missouri mirrors the national average.
The American School Board Journal continues to investigate the money and the motives behind charter schools in this second article published in February 2012. Click here to read Money Talks.