Charter School

Do they help or hurt?

My question for charter schools is

Do students in charter school's learn more than students in traditional public schools?

My prediction for charter schools is

That they will be about the same with traditional schools in terms of performance and future performance.

What Is a charter school?

Charter schools are very similar to traditional public school, in fact, they are public school. They are open to every child/learner (if they are filled up with spots they do a draft lottery to select students), they don't have any special enrollment entrance, and they don't have a tuition. They were first created to improve our countries schools and offer parents more choice for their child's education. Since they are public schools they have many similarities to traditional public schools such as drawing from the same pool of students, teaching a traditional curriculum, and wanting their students to have success after they leave. However, there are some differences between the two schools. For instance, charter schools have less regulations and therefore can spend more time on certain curriculum. In addition, charter schools offer much smaller class sizes, which allows the teachers to focus more on individual learning.

History of charter schools.

  • To understand charter schools you must first learn about their history.
  • The first charter school law's were passed back in 1991.
  • That means charter schools have been around for 24 years.
  • Minnesota was the first state to pass a charter school law in 1991.
  • It then was the first to open school doors a year later in 1992.
  • Today, charter schools are in 42 states and in Washington D.C.
  • Currently charter schools have bipartisan support form the government.

Georgia Charter Schools

Currently, we have 111 charter schools that are open and running in the peach state. Our sirs charter school law was passed back in 1993. Right now Georgia has around 3.5% of the entire charter school market, which is well above average.


This was an independent study conducted by Stanford University in 2009 and 2013 called Credo. Its main goal was to finally answer the question about charter school performance compared to public schools. The study concluded that the majority of charter schools inAmerican perform at two levels. The first is below or above traditional public school. These are typically the charter schools that are poorly run and more of a money grab or the cream of the crop schools that are funded well. The second level was on par with there counterparts. This is the majority of the students that attend charter schools. The study indicated that most charter schools fall into this category and therefore concluded that most charter schools are on part with public schools.

The general belief about charter schools vs traditional public schools.

Most people believe that public charter schools are on the same level that public traditional schools are in terms of achievements. In addition, most studies conducted by Stanford and Harvard found the same idea that both school system about equal. There are good schools and bad ones, but the higher charter schools and higher public schools perform at the same level. For one third of the students these schools work much better.

However, two groups of people are more positively affected when they attend charter schools instead of public schools.

A study conducted by Stanford in both 2009 and 2013 found that charter schools have more of an impact on students living in poverty. The study states that higher quality charter schools benefit and are more effective at teaching lower income learners and learners of color. Poorer-students have a better chance at being proficient in reading/writing (6.5% more likely) if they attend a charter school over a traditional school. In particular students of color gain 29 extra days of learning in math and 39 extra days of learning in reading.

CREDO Director Margaret Raymond states-

"The fact that we can show that significantly disadvantaged groups of students are doing substantially better in charter school in reading and math, that's very exciting"

Other studies from Harvard find that hispanic's also perform better at math and reading when they attend charter schools over public schools. This is believed because of the more personal learning environment charter schools have.

Useful Graphs, Charts, & Diagrams

Charter Schools vs. Public Schools

These are graphs that I found helpful when comparing the two school systems. The first is a breakdown of races that attend charter and public schools. The middle slide is a vin diagram that compares and contrast both systems. My final top picture focuses on performance in terms of better, same, and worse.


The first lower picture shows the increased enrollment at charters over the past few years in terms of entire country. My middle slide is a bar graph that compares the funding between the two systems. Lastly, the final picture is a state percentage enrollment chart that shows what percent of learners are enrolled per state.

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That even though a few charter schools perform worse than traditional public schools,the majority perform at the same level. It can also be found that some students perform at a higher level when attending charter schools. However, the evidence is clear that minorities and lower income families have found more success when attending charter schools.