Examination of New York City Charter School Success Misses the Mark | National Education Policy Center

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BOULDER, CO (May 9, 2017) – In recent years, the nation has seen a debate regarding the effectiveness of charter schools and their impact on the larger school systems in which they operate.

A recent Manhattan Institute report explores the question of whether or to what extent the performance of New York City (NYC) charter schools is explained by “cream-skimming,” or drawing a group of students from public schools who are disproportionately motivated and academically accomplished.

New York Charter Schools Outperform Traditional Selective Public Schools: More Evidence that Cream-Skimming is Not Driving Charters’ Success was reviewed by Sarah A. Cordes of Temple University.The report compares the performance of NYC’s charter middle schools with a set of selective but non-charter public middle schools. Unlike most public schools, these NYC schools consider students’ prior performance before admitting them and therefore make an interesting comparison group for charters.

Findings presented in the report…

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