Tuesday, August 17, 2004

The New York Times Drinks AFT Kool-Aid

Without knowing what types of students attend charter schools, it is difficult to compare.

If the typical student is one who is performing well-below the average, then the fact that charter school results show that student almost at parity to be a great improvement.

If the typical student is well-below average then there would be a two-fold positive effect on public school scores. One, by moving below-average students out of the pucblic school sample, the public school scores automatically rise. Second, if the below-average student takes inordinate resources such as time then moving them out would improve public school scores.

Of course, the real test is over a a twelve year period as a cohort is traced from alpha to omega of public schooling. But twelve years is a long time for the politically driven to wait.

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