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

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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