By now you’ve heard that the U.S. government is spending $1 billion to build more than 100 schools across the country.
But there’s one thing that may surprise you: there’s no evidence that these new schools are improving children’s educational outcomes.
In fact, according to a new report from the U.,C.I.A. , the majority of these schools do not provide the same level of academic or educational outcomes as traditional schools, such as the ones that existed before the Great Recession, and that may be contributing to a rising tide of teacher shortages.
“We don’t know if these [new] schools are the best for the students, or the best schools for the children, or what they are actually doing for the kids,” said Michael Riedl, the chief executive officer of the National Center for Independent Schooling, which commissioned the report.
“There’s no good data to say that these are the right schools,” RiedL said.
The U.C.C., which is the nonprofit that conducted the research, says that although more than 30 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to allow charter schools to operate in their localities, the U,C.P. has never had a report on this issue.
The organization’s report says that “few of the schools studied are providing adequate and comparable instruction to students who would otherwise attend traditional public schools,” and that these schools “have lower graduation rates, lower test scores, lower graduation costs, and lower retention rates.”
“The findings of the report provide no information to support claims that charter schools improve students’ educational outcomes,” the report said.
A new study from the University of Michigan and the UChicago School of Education says that many of the new charter schools are also failing to meet basic academic standards, which means that students are being exposed to higher levels of stress and lack of social connections.
The report says:Some of these charter schools also do not have access to high-quality resources, including the kind of social and emotional support that students need to be successful in a classroom.
The report concludes that students’ access to the same kinds of support services they get in a traditional school, such a mentoring and tutoring programs, is significantly different.
“The report adds that these kinds of schools are not doing what the public education system should be doing, and may be hurting students in other ways.”
In an email, the National Education Association (NEA) said that the study, which it described as an effort to inform the public about the “potential benefits and costs of charter schools, is important.”””
In addition, charter schools appear to have a relatively low level of attendance, despite the fact that they have been built primarily to serve low-income students.”
In an email, the National Education Association (NEA) said that the study, which it described as an effort to inform the public about the “potential benefits and costs of charter schools, is important.”
“It is important that the federal government consider charter schools in its consideration of where to invest resources in education and, therefore, how to best support low- and moderate-income communities,” NEA’s director of policy and communications, Mark Luskin, wrote in an email.
“But it is equally important that these decisions be informed by sound evidence about the effectiveness of charters.”
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