Charter Schools Serve English Learners

MYTH: Charter schools serve fewer English Learners than traditional public schools.

FACT: There is no significant difference in the percentage of English Learners (ELs) served by traditional or charter schools.

In fact, a 2015 report by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) found that urban charter schools are serving ELs particularly well. Hispanic ELs showed the greatest learning gains of any student subgroup, with 72 additional days of learning in math and 79 in reading.

The most recent Department of Education survey data show that 10 percent of charter school students are ELs, compared to 9 percent of students in traditional public schools, however, there is no measurable difference between the two groups. More importantly, EL students are showing great academic success in charter schools.


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