"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Sunday, October 04, 2009

DFER on Hoxby Study: "irrefruitable case for charters"

From an editorial piece in the Buffalo News, co-written by DFER's Katie Campos and her Republican partner, James Gardner:
A new, multiyear study of New York City’s charter schools by Stanford University economist Caroline Hoxby shows that students who attended charter schools not only outperformed their counterparts in traditional, inner-city public schools, they also closed much of the “achievement gap” between inner-city and suburban schools.
Hoxby identified features of charter schools that likely improve academic achievement: merit pay for teachers, an incentive-based disciplinary policy and a longer school year for students.
Be sure to read Jim's piece below. DFER: they're part of the vast misinformation network that must be called out for their Bush-era education agenda and blatant cheerleading masquerading as Gold Standard research.

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