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The Urban Charter School Success Story

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The Urban Charter School Success Story

Charter schools in urban areas consistently outperform traditional schools across the country. Most charter schools in New Jersey are in high population areas and offer hope for students previously at risk of falling behind.

More than half of the state’s charter schools outperform their traditional school counterparts on standardized tests. A study of test scores in 2010 showed that 76% of charter school eighth grade classes performed better than the rest of their district in language arts. High school students in New Jersey urban charter schools outperformed other schools by nearly 70% in language arts as well.

Most of the 73 charter schools in New Jersey are in urban areas where many traditional schools have been failing. There are also some charter schools that are failing as well but supporters point out that such schools are accountable to their charter and bear responsibility to change or close.

   

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