Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) has released a new report on charter school performance. Building on the 2013 report, the 2017 report examines data from public schools in 24 states, Washington DC and New York City. The researchers compared student outcomes for traditional district schools, independent charter schools, Charter Management Organizations (CMOs), and Vendor Operated Schools (VOS). The new report shows that several schools are having a positive effect on student success, including Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP).
How positive, you may ask? According to the study, Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP)’s effect is equal to that of approximately 100 days of student learning.
The report’s executive summary notes that “this study shows that attending a charter school that is part of a larger network of schools is associated with improved educational outcomes for students.” The study also shows that the charter sector has improved since the Credo’s 2013 study.
Following Stanford’s release of the study, the Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF) shared this statement, “Families just want good schools for their kids. We should encourage the best public schools, district and charter, to serve more families.”
“I’ve said it before—our staff and students work incredibly hard. We are not perfect but we are doing everything we can to ensure every student that attends BVP is given a college prep education focused on putting them on a path to success.” BVP Executive Director Jeremy Chiappetta shared in response to the new report.
School-level results in the study compares individual school performance to that of the local market. For Blackstone Valley Prep, the study ranks it in the top third of all 283 networks examined.
This report was published just days after Blackstone Valley Prep was named the national School of the Year by the Diverse Charter School Coalition.