May 29, 2012

ARTICLE: Charter School Effectiveness

Roland Fryer Identifies Five Habits of Successful Charter Schools

A Harvard economist collected data from a number of charter schools in New York. His data "showed that traditional solutions like class size, per-pupil expenditure, and the number of teachers with advanced degrees are not correlated with effectiveness, and in fact, 'resource-based solutions' actually lowered school effectiveness."

The following qualities made up 50% of charter school effectiveness:

1. Frequent teacher feedback
2. Data driven instruction
3. High-dosage tutoring
4. Increased instructional time
5. Relentless focus on academic achievement.

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