Washington, D.C. – The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) president and CEO Nina Rees issued the following statement on the Charter School Growth and Replication study released today by The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO). The CREDO study analyzed public charter expansion and replication nationwide.
“As the public charter school movement has grown to more than 6,000 schools, this research validates that an increasing portion of the 2.3 million students served are receiving the highest-quality public education,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the NAPCS. “With strong findings that demonstrate that many Charter Management Organizations are achieving success with underserved students as they scale, we need to capture what’s working in these schools and share them with the broader education community.
“The charter school movement is making great strides at advancing quality as it continues to grow,” said Rees. “Policy makers are working tirelessly to strengthen charter laws and educators and advocates are increasing their focus to ensure that growth and achievement can happen together, particularly for low-income and minority students. These efforts are continuing to show in recent research.
“The CREDO report also validates the importance of charter school authorizers – groups that are able to hold charter schools accountable for student achievement, and ensure that those that are not serving students with a high-quality public education no longer have that privilege,” added Rees. “Over the past several years, between 100 and 200 public charter schools have closed annually and that’s largely a good thing.”
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