Everyone knows the US Charter Schools have mixed results (unlike Sweden who have nailed it) and that there are things that have to be done right in New Zealand to get the massive benefits that are possible.
The key thing in the latest US study that New Zealand has to nail is the authorisation process. It has to be very thorough and the schools have to start well. If those things are done they will make a big difference to the children currently missing out.
Other findings to note:
1. It is possible to organize a school to be excellent on Day One – and they need to be.
2. Charter Management Organisations post superior results with historically disadvantaged student subgroups. They produce stronger academic gains for students of colour and students in poverty than those students would have realised either in traditional public schools or in many categories what would have learned in independent charter schools.
In other words done well they massively help the targeted group for New Zealand which is the underachieving tail that the NZEI/PPTA/Labour/Green/
The finding that the opponents will ignore is:
“Charter Management Organisations (CMOs) have shown dramatically better results with critical sub-populations; this wisdom should be captured and shared to provide even wider education opportunities for underserved students. CMOs with focused attention to underserved student groups have proven that strong outcomes in both growth and achievement are possible. Those like KIPP and Uncommon Schools have shown that it is possible to be effective at scale.”
Once again – if the teacher unions and opposition parties have even half a care for the actual education of children it is well past time to drop the charade.
For parents – time to claim the choice for your kids.