Guide to Major Charter School Studies

High-quality studies find that well-run charter schools consistently deliver a better public education to students than do typical traditional public schools. The studies on charter schools show indicate that they do not “cream off” the best students, as critics claim, nor do they negatively affect the achievement of students in traditional public schools. Most studies find that in the states where charter schools exist, they bring six primary benefits to public education. They tend to improve student learning, serve low-income communities, help close the achievement gap, be popular with parents, provide parents with education choice and encourage officials to raise the quality of traditional public schools.

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