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"Gold standard" study identifies benefits of TFA math teachers

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City charter students narrow gap between Harlem and Scarsdale

Hoxby's study examined 43 charter schools throughout the city. The schools she researched are noted on this map with red stars. New York City charter school students are performing so well on state tests that they may soon catch up to students in Scarsdale, the upscale suburb north of the city, according to an extensive update of a multi-year charter study released today. The optimistic projection stems from researchers' finding that the boost charter schools give does not taper off, but is steady throughout elementary school and middle school and even into high school. "It seems to be really stable as an effect," said Stanford University economist Caroline Hoxby, who directed the study. Hoxby and her team studied 43 charter schools in New York City serving elementary, middle and high school students. They compared students who applied and were accepted into charter schools in 2000 by random lottery to those who applied but did not receive a seat. By the time charter school students reached the eighth grade, in 2008, they scored on average 30 points higher on state math tests than students who remained in traditional public schools, the researchers found. That's almost the equivalent of closing the average achievement gap between students in traditional public schools in Harlem and students in Scarsdale, the affluent New York suburb north of the city where students take the same standardized tests. The average Harlem-Scarsdale math score gap is between 35 and 40 points, so the charter school students close that gap by about 86 percent.
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