What the Research Says on Charters

The dominant narrative embeded in the US Department of Education's strategies rests on an assumption that charter schools are a better alternative than the neighborhood public school.  A well funded PR effort has emplanted that assumption in the public consciousness. A new Policy Brief from the Century Foundation summaraizes the research on charter school outcomes.  The research has been fairly consistent showing that charter schools actually do worse. The Century brief also summarizes a new study from Stanford's Sean Reordan that reviewed the Hoxby data about New York City that purported to show the opposite. Reordan documents that the Hoxby study suffers from serious methodological flaws.