Who's right about Florida charter schools?
As the St. Petersburg Times reported this morning, Stanford researchers say Florida charter school students aren’t learning as much as their traditional public school peers. But the Florida Department of Education says not so fast. In terms of proficiency, the DOE concludes in this recent analysis, Florida charter school students are performing better than their peers.
Given the time frame used by the Stanford researchers, “it is not surprising to see the gap that existed between charter and traditional public schools,” DOE spokeswoman Kelsey Lehtomaa told The Gradebook via email. “However, as the data in Florida from the 2007-08 school years clearly shows, this gap has been eliminated.”
Lehtomaa goes on to offer three reasons why Florida charter kids are now scoring higher.
Stanford’s response? Apples and oranges, lead researcher Margaret Raymond says in this email.