Texas Ed: Comments on Education from Texas

August 24, 2006

Not all high performing schools appear to be high performing


Statement by Secretary Margaret Spellings on Release of NCES Study on Charter Schools:
Secretary Spellings today made the following statement on the NCES report, “A Closer Look at Charter Schools Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling”:

Many charter schools are still relatively new, and we need to examine how they improve student performance over time for a better picture of how they compare to traditional public schools. Charter schools are empowering low-income parents with new educational options and providing an important lifeline for families in areas where traditional public schools have fallen short of their responsibilities.

I have visited high-performing charter schools all around the country, and I have seen how they take the most at-risk students and refuse to give up on them. These schools are pioneering new classroom strategies that will help us raise achievement in all our public schools.

So if they’re high-performing then we already know how they are, er, performing?

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