Independent Budget Office: NY Charter Schools Outperform Traditional Schools

By Andrew Pillow

Charter schools have been under tremendous scrutiny lately. Both sides of the debate have thrown out tons of evidence to support their claim. Most of this data comes from a source with a very clear agenda.

However recently, an Independent Budget Office in New York did a study and their results would seem to be very Pro Charter.

The study, which includes data from 2006 to 2015, found that not only are charter schools outperforming traditional public schools, but they are doing it with less help. The study also found that there was very little evidence that charter schools systematically “push out difficult to educate students.”

The New York Post sums up the study:

“City charters outperform all schools in the rest of the state, on average, by 18.8 percentage points in ELA and 30.1 percentage points in math, after adjusting for demographics. Compare this to the 13.1-point and 12.5-point advantages of traditional schools in the city.
Unfortunately, charters are so politicized that many people simply refuse to believe the data. And, yes, it may be easy to skim over one report — but the fact of the matter is the IBO has conducted a series of studies over the past several months that show:
- Tremendous growth of the NYC charter sector that is more diverse and serves greater numbers of students with special needs than traditional schools.
 - Charters are better than traditional district schools at keeping students, particularly those with special needs.
 - Charters accomplish all this while still receiving less in public support.”

Both sides still have plenty of their own studies and data to fall back on if they wish to argue their point, but there is no question this particular development decidedly supports the charter school movement.

Read more here. (NY Post)

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.