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Review of As a Matter of Fact: National Charter School Study III 2023

Think Twice - Sep 07, 2023

Publisher/Think Tank - Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO)

Author(s) - Margaret E. Raymond, James L. Woodworth, Won Fy Lee, and Sally Bachofer

In a recent report, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) examined charter school students' year-to-year test score growth over four years, and across 31 states. The report shows very small differences favoring charter schools and has been repeatedly trumpeted by charter school advocates as having policy significance-as weighing in favor of charter school expansion.

Reviewer(s) - Joseph J. Ferrare University of Washington Bothell

A review reveals, however, how the report's main findings fail to meet the minimum baseline experts consider to be meaningful. In fact, CREDO itself has labeled these small differences as "meaningless" and "small" -back when they found charter schools to be on the losing end of those differences.