Because I am from New Jersey and spent 33 years teaching in its public schools this post was very interesting to me. It also represents a trend that began during the last few years of my career, that being a misrepresentation of the facts about teaching, learning and schools.
Julia Sass Rubin, a professor of public policy in New Jersey, took a close look at the CREDO study of charter schools and made a startling discovery: the press release misrepresents the findings of the study.
It recognized the dramatic demographic differences between the students in public schools and in charter schools (“the traditional public schools it looked at served four and a half times as many students with Limited English Proficiency and one and a half times as many special-needs students as did the charter schools”) but ignored the severity of students’ disability or language difficulty.
This is an excerpt from her longer analysis. Rubin wrote:
“The CREDO press release claimed that “New Jersey charter public schools significantly outperform their district school peers.” However, this is not even remotely what the CREDO study found.
“First, the CREDO study looked at only about half of New Jersey’s charter schools (46…
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