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Students at Ohio charter schools show greater academic gains, report finds

The Columbus Dispatch |

A new report found many Ohio students attending charter schools had larger gains on achievement tests, better attendance and fewer disciplinary incidents compared to their peers enrolled in traditional public schools.

Black, low achieving, and urban students at the tax-funded, privately operated, and tuition-free schools benefitted most, according to the analysis by Ohio State political science professor Stephane Lavertu, “The Impact of Ohio Charter Schools on Student Outcomes, 2016-2019.”

The report was commissioned by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an advocate for charter schools, which supporters say provide added educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.