Charter schools don't quite measure up even to big-city districts, one study says

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ohio's charter schools don't quite match up on state report card grades to even Ohio's big urban districts – districts that consistently rank near the bottom of state ratings, one analysis suggests.

A Fordham Institute analysis of report card results for districts and charters concludes that charter schools even in Ohio's eight largest districts usually perform worse than that city's district – with Cleveland as the only exception.

We'll take a look at Fordham's findings today, but come back tomorrow with a different look at report card results from the Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools that shows charter schools - rather than districts - outperform schools in large urban districts.

Fordham says that in most of the Big 8 cities – Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Youngstown – charters had mostly worse grades on two key measures: Performance Index, the state's composite of student achievement on state tests; and on value-added, a calculation of whether students had a year's worth of academic growth over a year.

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