*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** MARCH 18, 2015
Contact: Families for Excellent Schools –
Khan Shoieb, Khan@StuLoeser.com (646) 650-5503
STATEMENT ON STANFORD UNIVERSITY’S NEW CREDO URBAN CHARTER SCHOOL STUDY REPORT
New York, NY – Families for Excellent Schools’ CEO Jeremiah Kittredge released this statement in response to Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) report released earlier Wednesday, finding that New York City charter schools increased academic achievement across all grade levels and especially for students at or near the poverty line.
According to the report, “Continuous enrollment in [New York City’s] charter sector can be expected to result in steady movement up the state’s distribution of academic achievement…clearly refute[s] the idea that some groups of students cannot achieve high levels of academic success. They need only to be given the opportunity.”
Jeremiah Kittredge, CEO, Families for Excellent Schools:
“These findings use rigorous data analysis to conclude what New York City’s parents know in their hearts: charters work, and they outperform district schools.
With 143,000 students trapped in failing schools across New York City, it’s clear scaling charter schools is a critical strategy in ending the city’s failing schools crisis.”
More findings on the New York City Charter Sector from the report:
- NYC was one of 2 urban areas in the country where charter students not only made more learning gains than district students, but they also had a high absolute level of achievement, relative to the state average.
- In math, 64% of NYC charters performed better than district schools, while only 14% were worse
- In reading, 41% of NYC charters performed better, while only 16% were worse
- NYC charter students made more gains than district students (based on statistically significant results):
- Across all school levels (elementary, middle, high)
- Among black students, Hispanic students (math only), free/reduced price lunch students, and SPED students
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