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An analysis of student performance in Chicago’s charter schools | Orfield | education policy analysis archives

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An analysis of student performance in Chicago’s charter schools

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Charter schools have become the cornerstone of school reform in Chicago and in many other large cities. Enrollments in Chicago charters increased by more than ten times between 2000 and 2014 and, with strong support from the current mayor and his administration, the system continues to grow. Indeed, although state law limits charter schools in Chicago to 75 schools, proponents have used a loophole that allows multiple campuses for some charters to bypass the limit and there are now more than 140 individual charter campuses in Chicago. This study uses comprehensive data for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years to show that, after controlling for the mix of students and challenges faced by individual schools, Chicago’s charter schools underperform their traditional counterparts in most measurable ways. Reading and math pass rates, reading and math growth rates, graduation rates, and average ACT scores (in one of the two years) are lower in charters all else equal, than in traditional neighborhood schools. The results for the two years also imply that the gap between charters and traditionals widened in the second year for most of the measures. The findings are strengthened by the fact that self-selection by parents and students into the charter system biases the results in favor of charter schools.

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charter schools; student performance; school reform

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.24.2203


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Evidence that edTPA needs to be Killed! | BustED Pencils

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Evidence that edTPA needs to be Killed!



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The edTPA is supposed to be a performance based assessment that can help predict the effectiveness of future teachers.  For one of the best analysis of edTPA and how it correlates to effectiveness please read Peter Greene’s post from May 2016.
So why kill it?  Because even though Peter thoroughly dismantled the edTPA; it continues to be used as a high-stakes gateway test into the profession of teaching.  And, according to Peter, the edTPA
insults college ed departments by assuming a premise that your college ed program, your professors, your co-operating teacher, and basically none of the people who work with you and give you a grade– none of those people can be trusted to determine whether or not you should be a teacher.
Despite this, many of my teacher education colleagues still cling to the edTPA as if it had some magic ability to legitimize teacher education.  Some even believe the edTPA can shield teacher education from reformers who would like to see “alternative pathways into teaching”—like being able to breath.
Reality check!
Reformers who want “alternative pathways” don’t give a shit about edTPA.  They want what they want and will not be deterred by a self flagellation performance by teacher educatorsEvidence that edTPA needs to be Killed! | BustED Pencils:

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