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June 25, 2013 - CREDO Study Shows Michigan Charter Schools Near the Top in Performance
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 09:49


Buddy Moorehouse 
Vice President of Communications 


CREDO Study Shows Charter School Students Nationally Making Huge Gains, With Michigan’s Charters Near the Top in Performance

LANSING, Michigan (June 25, 2013) – A new independent study by the Center for Research on Outcomes in Education (CREDO) at Stanford University shows that charter schools nationally are making substantial gains – with Michigan’s charter schools ranking near the top in both math and reading.

Quoting from the study, which is being released today: “The National Charter School Study 2013 looks at performance of students in charter schools in 26 states and New York City, which is treated separately as the city differs dramatically from the rest of the state. In those states (and New York City), charter school students now have greater learning gains in reading than their peers in traditional public schools. Traditional public schools and charter schools have equivalent learning gains in mathematics.”

Among the 26 states, Michigan ranked fifth in both math and reading gains. The Michigan portion of the CREDO study was released earlier this year, and it revealed that the average Michigan charter school student gained an additional two months of learning every year in both reading and math, compared to a peer student in a traditional public school district. In Detroit, the results were even more dramatic, as charter school students gained an additional three months of learning every year.

The CREDO study also showed that charter schools are doing an especially good job educating students who need help the most.

“The results reveal that the charter school sector is getting better on average and that charter schools are benefiting low-income, disadvantaged, and special education students,” said Dr. Margaret Raymond, director of CREDO at Stanford University. “

“These findings are significant in several respects,” said Dan Quisenberry, President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association. “This research shows that charter schools nationally are doing extremely well, and within that group, Michigan’s charter schools are right at the top. This isn't surprising to us. It’s proof that the innovation and accountability we see in our state are paying dividends. It’s a good time to have your child enrolled in a Michigan charter school.”

Quisenberry also took note of CREDO’s analysis as to why charter school performance nationally is on the rise. CREDO said the improved national performance was “driven in part by the presence of more high-performing charters and closure of underperforming charter schools.”

“That’s exactly in line with what we believe,” Quisenberry said. “We’ve always said that we don’t need more schools in our state; we need more great schools. We believe that any school that’s not performing well – whether it’s a traditional public school or a charter school – needs to be closed. Every child deserves a quality education in a quality school. No student deserves to be trapped in a school that isn’t meeting his or her needs.”

In looking at Michigan’s charter school performance, CREDO praised the state’s system of authorizing and oversight.

“These findings show that Michigan has set policies and practices for charter schools and their authorizers to produce consistent high quality across the state. The findings are especially welcome for students in communities that face significant education challenges,” said Dr. Raymond.

Visit CREDO's website to view the 2013 National Charter School Study.

Click here to view the 2013 Charter School Performance in Michigan report. 

The Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) advances quality education through choice and innovation. MAPSA has been the unified voice of the public charter school movement in Michigan since 1996. MAPSA represents more than 131,000 students, 6,000 teachers, dozens of authorizers and more than 50 education service providers working in 276 public charter schools in the state. MAPSA assists the state’s public charter schools in their mission to deliver achievement, choice and accountability through advocacy, communications, technical assistance and professional development services. For additional information, please visit

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