Statement by Commissioner Cerf on New Report on New Jersey Charter Schools from The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO)
|For Immediate Release||Contact: Barbara Morgan
|Date: November 27, 2012||609-292-1126|
Education Commissioner Chris Cerf released the following statement today regarding The Center for Research on Education Outcomes' report on New Jersey charter schools:
"The Center for Research on Education Outcomes' (CREDO) rigorous, independent analysis of the achievement results of charter schools in New Jersey shows that the results are clear – on the whole, New Jersey charter school students make larger learning gains in both reading and math than their traditional public school peers. This is especially true for minority students and low-income students, with some of the largest gains in Newark, demonstrating that charter schools, on the whole, are providing much needed options for New Jersey students. This study also makes clear that the charter accountability and authorizing process matters – it is not simply about the quantity of schools, it's about the quality of schools we approve and the standards to which we hold them while they are operating.
"This information reflects the work we have undertaken at the Department under the Christie Administration to increase our accountability standards, strengthen the rigor of our authorizing process, and when necessary, close schools that are underperforming. Not every charter school is successful, and as we have closed five low-performing charter schools in the past two years, we must hold all of our schools accountable for results. It is time we end the outdated argument about whether a school is a district school or a charter school and instead focus on whether it is a great school providing high-quality options to New Jersey students."
Key findings from the report: