Essay on Charter Schools On Student Achievement

1808 Words Nov 16th, 2016 8 Pages
Since 1991, charter schools have continued to multiply. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, in 1999- 2000, there were a total of 1,542 charter schools nationwide with roughly 350,000 students enrolled; however, in 2014-2015, there were 6,633 charter schools in the country, serving 2,686,166 enrolled students (2015). Similarly, since 1992, Virginia’s charter schools have provided parents and guardians an additional option for school choice. With nine schools across the state, these schools have sought to go beyond the traditional public school to implement alternative schools capable of reaching various types of students.

Given the research surrounding the impact of charter schools on student achievement, I recommend that Virginia’s Department of Education maintain the current charter schools, but halt the implementation of future charter schools. This is due to the fact that more times than not research has shown that charter schools have little to no impact on student achievement (CITE); therefore, it seems more cost efficient to maintain current schools.

Background
A multitude of school reforms have been proposed and implemented over the past several decades, one that receives a great deal of attention is school choice, which refers to a variety of programs providing families the option to choose the school their children attend (Berends, 2015). Of the available school choice options (magnet schools, neighborhood public…

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