Charter School make successful students - it's important to note

Florida - March 10, 2015 - More than 260,000 students across Florida rely on charter schools for a quality education.

A charter school isn’t just where they make friends, learn math, science, and language arts. For thousands of kids in our state, their charter school is their salvation. It’s where they are rescued from academic failure, and given a fighting chance to make it to graduation, and beyond.

Public charter schools are an integral part of Florida’s K-12 public school system, and an option more and more parents choose when their children are not making progress at their assigned district school or their school is performing poorly.

According to data presented by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) at a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting on March 5, 2015, a large percentage of students who enroll in charter schools come from low performing district-run schools, and that charter schools that opened during the 2014-15 school year disproportionately attracted students from surrounding “F” schools. This is something charter school leaders have known for years. Parents who become frustrated with their assigned district school because their school is not performing well academically look for other education options and many now choose charter schools.

Charter schools are more successful than traditional public schools at raising student academic performance. The FDOE presentation included a comparison of district and charter school student achievement. Charter school students (African-American, Hispanic, and non-minority) had higher learning gains in both Mathematics and Reading than students attending district-run public schools. The 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores also show that 4th and 8th grade charter school students made greater gains in Math and Reading than students attending district-run schools. While no one test or assessment paints a complete picture of success, these results clearly show that charter schools are making a difference in the academic progress of hundreds of thousands of students.

Driven by parental demand, charter schools in Florida have grown from just five in 1997 to more than 650 today. More importantly, public charter schools are improving the state’s overall academic performance and graduation rate, and are providing families with a quality alternative to dropping out.

And that's worth noting.

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