11/19/10 Charter News Round-Up

November 19, 2010

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Errors Found in Commonly-Cited Charter Study

"No More Waiting: The Real Data on School Improvement" examines a study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) and finds many flaws in its analysis. For instance, the CREDO study examined only 15 states with charter schools (not all 40); did not account for variation in grade levels of schools; ignored variations in state test rigor, reporting, and data; and did not conduct an apples-to-apples comparison between students in traditional and charter schools. For commentary on the Center for Education Reform's look at the CREDO report, click here. To read "No More Waiting," click here.

Aspire Schools, and Charters, Offer Choices to San Joaquin County Families

The "regular birthing of new schools is the truest sign of the success of Aspire Charter Schools, whose students produce some of the highest standardized test scores in San Joaquin County," writes Roger Phillips in an article in The Record. "The steady rollout of Aspire campuses also serves as a vivid reminder of the evolving state of public education in California, where charter schools increasingly pose a challenge to traditional public schools by divesting them of students - in some cases their high-achieving students."

KIPP Leader Featured on NPR Show about Closing the Achievement Gap

Sehba Ali, founder of the KIPP Heartwood Academy and currently chief academic officer of KIPP's Bay Area Schools, was one of two guests on NPR's Midmorning, discussing efforts to close the achievement gap and create a culture of achievement among minority and low-income students. Listen to the story.

Green School Students Lauded as "Superheroes of Sustainability"

Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale was the focus of an NBC 4 story for its emphasis on green solutions. Students are encouraged to share what they have learned in their communities, according to the video, which is viewable here.

Granada Hills Charter High School is Home to At Least One "Cool Kid"

Jasmine Saleh, a student at Granada Hills Charter High, has been named an "ABC 7 Cool Kid." Saleh was honored for her work with the group Rachel's Challenge to convince high school students to think for themselves. She also volunteers with senior citizens. To watch ABC 7's profile of this outstanding charter school student, click here.

Films About Education Reform are Nominated for Oscars

The Lottery and Waiting for "Superman" are among the 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards. View the complete list of nominees.

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