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Beyond the test score horse race: 5 big questions researchers are asking about charter schools

Chalk Beat – Matt Barnum

“The latest big charter school study was sweeping in scope, looking at thousands of students in 26 states across three school years. But the study (and lots of other research on charter schools) uses that data to answer a relatively narrow question: How do students, usually in grades 4-8, perform on math and reading tests compared to students in traditional public schools? This could be called the “test score horse race.” Some researchers are moving beyond that, to try to understand issues like what specific charter approaches are most effective and how charter schools affect larger communities.”(more)

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