Charter Schools do better with the kids the policy is aimed at

In New Zealand the Charter School policy is aimed at helping the long tail which is predominantly made up of Maori and Pasifika students – more typically in lower socioeconomic situations.

The NY Times has this kind of thing to say about the effects of Charter Schools for this type of group:

Charter schools are controversial. But are they good for education? Rigorous research suggests that the answer is yes for an important, underserved group: low-income, nonwhite students in urban areas. These children tend to do better if enrolled in charter schools instead of traditional public schools.

A consistent pattern has emerged from this research. In urban areas, where students are overwhelmingly low-achieving, poor and nonwhite, charter schools tend to do better than other public schools in improving student achievement.

Charter schools in Boston produced huge gains in test scores. A majority of students at Boston’s charters are African-American and poor. Their score gains are large enough to reduce the black-white score gap in Boston’s middle schools by two-thirds. Boston’s charters also do a better job at preparing students for college.

Clearly progress is being made in New Zealand with nine Charters now operating, 25 applicants in for the new round and South Auckland Middle School given the green light to expand numbers while operating the model that is also in place at Middle School West Auckland.

Clearly the “failed model” mantra from opponents is simply nonsense.

If such progress is possible with children traditionally failed by the system – why are there any opponents at all and what motivates them?

 – NY Times


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  • Woody

    What motivates them is that they had the only sandpit in the neighbourhood where they could control all who wished to play in it, ie, they ruled. Now there is a new kid on the block who is building his own sandpit and they know deep down that everyone hates them and their bullying manipulative ways so are likely to hike off to play in the new better sandpit leaving them all alone to marinade in their own bile.

  • fly0nTheW4ll

    Seems like a nice promo. Still, only dealing with the symptoms IMHO. Education in itself doesn’t actually make for a better society. Intrinsic values/morals, and personal beliefs. Those are what shape us.

    Anyway, since those kids still live at home (I’m assuming), I suspect most will still have the same cultural disadvantages shared by their public school attending peers. Accepted/popular brown tradition doesn’t have the same appreciation (I can’t really think of the right word) of academic achievement as say certain Asian cultures. They’re virtually extremes at either end of the academic cultural scale.

    This is part of the reason why Asians tend to perform well, irrespective of difficiencies in the same public schooling system, and why maori/pasifika don’t. Plus, a number of said Asians are certainly not from wealthy/privileged backgrounds, nor are their parents particularly well educated. Not to mention the strong suspicion an implicit quota system exists that discriminates against them at tertiary level, and the fact that an official quota system actually exists to include maori/pasifika students with lower academic scores.

    It certainly doesn’t the help the situation when articles like this are pushed: