Since 2003, scores on the benchmark National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), considered to be the gold standard in K-12 standardized assessment, have never shown an advantage for charter schools as compared to regular public schools whether comparing students who are black, Hispanic, urban or low-income.
A June 2009 Stanford University/CREDO study (funded by the staunchly pro-choice Walton Foundation) looked at charter performance in 15 states and the District of Columbia covering more than 70 percent of the nation's charter school students. It found that only 17% of charters had academic gains better than traditional public schools; 37% were worse and 46% showed no significant difference.
A 2011 Stanford University/CREDO study found that reading and math gains for charter school students in Pennsylvania were significantly below their traditional public school peers.
A June 2010 study conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and commissioned by the US Department of Education found that, "On average, charter middle schools that hold lotteries are neither more nor less successful than traditional public schools in improving student achievement, behavior, and school progress.
House Education Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Clymer and State Auditor General Jack Wagner are among those who have indicated that they plan tol participate in this event.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Warminster, PA
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