New data show charter schools work (and the UFT doesn’t)

These are results the progressives can’t dumb down: Charter schools are leapfrogging traditional public schools nationwide by all serious measures of learning progress.

And those gains are spread across racial and class groups, so don’t believe the left’s lies blaming academic gaps on racism. 

A Stanford University study shows that US charter schools trounce kids in regular public schools on actually teaching kids.

(Of course, all too many public systems have discarded that core priority in favor of woke indoctrination.)

The average US charter student got the equivalent of 16 more days of instruction (per year!) than peers in traditional local district schools in reading and six in math — the strongest charter performance since Stanford started keeping track. 

New York, which sadly plays host to some of the nation’s ugliest racial gaps in learning, showed just how stellar charters really are: Big Apple charter kids got the equivalent of 80 more days in math and 42 days in reading.

Upstate charter students gained 73 days in reading, 75 in math.

Success Academy Harlem
National data from 10 years ago show traditional public schools far less behind on reading and a bit ahead in math. 
Stephen Yang for the New York Post

And Success Academy, the NYC charter star, put up eye-popping stats equivalent to 206 added days in math and 106 in reading.

Black charter students in Gotham far surpass black students at regular public schools on math and English standardized tests — proving that it’s not racism keeping those kids back, but a system that (thanks to bureaucratic and union resistance) can’t or won’t do what the children need.  

This wasn’t always the case: National data from 10 years ago show traditional publics far less behind on reading and a bit ahead in math. 

That is: The charters have upped their game, while the regular system’s doing worse, surely thanks to committed efforts to destroy all real standards

The numbers are doubly damning coming after historic learning losses inflicted by the COVID-era school closures that teachers unions demanded. After up to two years of “remote learning,” standardized test scores plummeted across grade levels, and eighth graders — as of 2022 — had lost two decades of progress in math scores. 

The Stanford study shows: Charters are the way. Parents and kids around the country know it; as do — we suspect — teachers unions and their political lackeys, which is why they do everything they can to suffocate charters

Like calling these damning new numbers “pointless.”

No: They show it’s beyond time for American Federation of Teachers head Randi Weingarten, her National Education Association counterpart Rebecca Pringle and their armies of willing minions to get out of the way and let kids learn. 

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