Massachusetts Charter Public Schools: English Language Learners Demographic and Achievement Trends

In recent years and in response to public policy changes, charter schools have begun to reach demographic parity with their district counterparts. As the number of charter students with disabilities and English language needs has increased, many charter schools, especially those in Boston, have continued to help all students, including these sub-groups, achieve excellent academic outcomes. A growing and increasingly rigorous body of research is helping to refute claims that charters are successful due to an inherent “selection bias.”

Charter schools have responded positively to calls to recruit more diverse student bodies, and the claims charter opponents make about charter enrollment and attrition have been proven false. The data shows that charter schools in Massachusetts and especially in Boston enroll and overwhelmingly serve English language learners.

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