Recently, CREDO published a rigorous study on Ohio charter school performance. Here is what they found for Ohio’s biggest cities:
In sum, charter schools in Ohio’s major cities are doing roughly the same as traditional schools.
Most reform advocates, including myself, view these results as incredibly weak. Generally speaking, I’m not enthusiastic about a charter sector until I see results over .05 effect size that are ideally trending toward .1 to .2 effect sizes.
That being said, if you take the position that traditional school districts are doing a pretty good job, then, to be consistent, I think you also need to give the Ohio charter sector a pat on the back. After all, they’re basically keeping up with the traditional system.
So how come the defenders of traditional systems aren’t applauding the performance of Ohio’s urban charter schools?