CREDO Releases New National Study of Online Charter Schools

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October 30, 2015 New research from a report recently released by Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) reports that students of online charter schools had significantly weaker academic performance in math and reading, compared with their peers in conventional schools. The study offers an analysis of the operations of online charter schools, their policy environments, and their impacts on student achievement. Conducted by three independent research institutions, the study is the most comprehensive examination of online charter schools to date.

We are discouraged to learn of the underperformance of full-time online charter public schools as indicated by this report. While online charter schools serve only a small proportion of charter school students nationally (6%) and in California (4%), we believe that all charter schools should be held to high standards of accountability.

Read CCSA's full response to the report here.