by Christopher Paslay
A new study released today by the RAND Corporation provides interesting information regarding charter schools. According to a recent article published on Education Week’s website, “. . . researchers still found it difficult to determine whether charter school students on the whole were learning more, as measured by their test scores, than they would have in their regular public schools.”
The RAND study also found that charter schools are not more racially segregated than traditional neighborhood schools, and that it doesn’t appear that these schools are grabbing the best students from surrounding districts.
The researchers also concluded that students who attend charters are more likely to attend and graduate college.