Arkansas Charter Students Profitting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gains in math and reading test scores for Arkansas open-enrollment charter school students were significantly better than the ones for their peers in traditional public schools.

A study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University in California also found that Arkansas charter schools had a greater positive effect on students from low-income families than traditional schools.

Additionally, black and Hispanic students in Arkansas charter schools had greater learning gains in math than their peers in traditional schools. Gains in reading for black and Hispanic students, however, were slightly greater in traditional public schools.

The study comes as the Arkansas Department of Education begins approving new charter schools for opening in the 2010-11 school year. The deadline is Tuesday. --- Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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