Charter School Performance Growth for High School Students

Over the last few decades, charter schools have grown both in quantity and popularity, causing some to question the quality of education and the impact charter schools have on the larger community. What makes charter schools different — and do those differences typically lead to an increase or decrease in student performance, test scores, and graduation rates? Here’s what the latest studies show:

Charter schools have outpaced statewide growth of traditional schools, achieving 3 percentage points of growth in English from 2015-2017. For the last three years, public charter students in all racial and ethnic groups outperformed the state average for their group in both Math and English.

Overall students are advancing at a faster pace in charter schools, especially Black students and students from low-income backgrounds. According to a recent Harvard study, eighth-graders attending charter schools achieve academic gains that are 3 months ahead of their district school peers from 2005 to 2017. 

It’s important to note that not all charter schools are created equal. Charter schools vary greatly from state to state and school to school. A defining characteristic of charter schools is the requirement to produce a mission statement that embodies the school’s goals and educational ideology. At the Rose Academies, we focus on what high school students want; a small, friendly environment that puts an emphasis on personalized needs. Our unique approach allows students to take control of their academic success today, for the benefit of their future tomorrow.

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