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Why Charter School Performance Varies

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Why Charter School Performance Varies

When studies of charter schools are considered one thing is clear: There is no such thing as a typical charter school student. The success and failure of charters often run to the extremes, with the failing schools eventually closing and the successful ones building even longer waiting lists of prospective students.

Scores from the 2010 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills reveal that charter schools in that state are more likely to either be either exemplary or unacceptable than their traditional school counterparts. The scores illustrate the problem when debates incur over the effectiveness of charter schools.

Charter schools vary far too much in the missions stated in their charters to be considered as a unit. And that is by design. Traditional schools are designed to be a one-size-fits-all approach to education. Charter schools, on the other hand, are often designed with a specific type of student in mind. As a result, many succeed and some fail.



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