New CREDO study shows New Jersey charter schools outperforming traditional schools
During last year’s political campaign against charter schools, Initiative 1240 opponents never tired of citing a single academic study, released in 2009 by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), showing less-than-stellar results for some charter schools. In fact, it was the only research source opponents used, while conveniently ignoring dozens of other studies, and the experience of thousands of parents, that charters often provide a more appropriate and higher-quality public education for children.
Now comes news that CREDO itself has released a study of New Jersey public education, showing charter schools in that state outperform their traditional school counterparts. The study shows charter school students made significant gains in reading and math compared to their peers in regular public schools, and that charter schools “are excelling with a high proportion of minority students in poverty.”
Executives of the teachers union, the Washington Education Association (WEA), have announced their intention to block implementation of Washington's new voter-approved charter law in 2013. The union’s goal is to preserve its privileged position in the system by preventing any child from attending a charter school within the borders of this state.
For the backward-looking WEA, the fight against charters isn’t over, but we can be confident they won’t be citing CREDO research anymore.