I’ll Have What Florida Charter Schools are Having

Nov 8, 2013 by

by Matthew Ladner –

Florida’s charter schools totally crushed the ball on the 2013 NAEP Reading test- an 11 point gain in 4th grade reading and a 5 point gain in 8th grade reading. As the number of charter schools in the state has gone up, the ability of NAEP to reliably sample them has improved.

Getting about as close to an “apples to apples” as you can get in the NAEP data by comparing only low-income general education students still shows huge gains and a big advantage for Florida charters to Florida district schools.

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    Pierce Buncombe

    Here’s another example of what a competent analyst might do before leaping to Ladner’s type of predetermined conclusion (one taken from Ladner’s own state):


    This article examines two Arizona-based charter school organizations, well known for their high academic rankings locally and nationally. In response to President Obama’s May 5th through May 11th 2013 “National Charter Schools Week” proclamation, and his call for the nation’s support of highly performing charter schools, the author analyzes the schools’ demographic profiles, using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Common Core of Data (CCD), and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). The author also explores current public discourses surrounding the two charter school organizations. The findings are relevant and timely in light of Obama’s call to extend and replicate successful charter schools throughout the United States, because the results problematize the definition and nuances of charter school “success” by considering the study’s schools in relation to their underrepresentation of disadvantaged students. Based on evidence discovered in the study, the author provides relevant policy questions and suggestions for local, state, and federal education policymakers.

    Again, since Ladner is a paid advocate who only pretends to be a social scientist, it might be unfair to expect him to produce anything like a penetrating analysis.

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    Pierce Buncombe

    It would be interesting to see some attempt to control for student demographics and other relevant student (sample) selection issues. But that would require a genuine social scientist, obviously something Ladner is not.

    This is more interesting: http://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/failure-is-in-the-eye-of-the-political-hack-thoughts-data-on-nj-failure-factories-nola-miracles/

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