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Charter School Performance Versus Charter School Accountability

by Gerald W. Bracey - October 04, 2005

Charter school advocates promised that charter schools would improve achievement, or, at the very least attain the same level of achievement with fewer resources because of increased efficiency. Part of the promise was that charter schools that did not improve achievement would be shut down. Whereas public schools were felt to be held accountable through compliance, charters would be held accountability through performance. After over a decade of charters, the improved achievement promise has gone largely unrealized. In fact, many evaluations have found charters underperforming matched regular public schools. Despite this lack of improved achievement, few charters have been shut down for academic reasons, 0.6 of one percent, by one estimate. Yet charters continue to grow in popularity and are actively promoted and funded by the current administration. The reasons for continued support in the face of low performance are discussed.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 04, 2005
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12203, Date Accessed: 1/25/2021 8:53:29 AM

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  • Gerald Bracey

    GERALD V. BRACEY is an independent researcher and writer in Alexandria, VA. He writes monthly columns on educational research and policy for Phi Delta Kappan and Principal Leadership. A book attempting to make non-researchers wiser consumers of statistics will be published by Heinemann in February, 2006 under the title Reading Educational Research: How to Avoid Getting Statistically Snookered.
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