US charter schools

Some good facts in a presentation on US charter schools:

  • The number of has increased from 1,500 to 6,700 from 1999 to 2014.
  • The number of students in has increased from 350,000 to 2.9 million from 1999 to 2014.
  • 5.8% of students are now in a charter school – every one by choice
  • Bad get closed down – around 3% a year close. When was the last time a bad state school closed? Most get closed for failing to meet academic targets – accountability.
  • 29% of charter students are black (double the 15% in state schools) and 27% are Latino.
  • Just over one million students are on a waiting list for a charter school
  • On average  improve student learning but this varies by state. Poor and black students are most likely to have improved learning at charter schools.
  • Urban do especially well
  • Charter school performance has improved over time as low performing get closed down, new high performing schools get opened and existing schools improve

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