Statement on CREDO Study

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, 2/20/2013

Contact: Kerri Lyon, 917-348-2191, klyon@skdknick.com

NYC CHARTER SCHOOL CENTER CEO JAMES MERRIMAN STATEMENT ON CREDO AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY'S STUDY OF NYC CHARTER SCHOOLS

Study Finds Nearly Two-Thirds of NYC Charter Schools Outperform District Schools in Math
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Charter Students Gain an Additional Five Months of Learning in Math Each Year, One Additional Month of Learning in Reading Each Year Versus District Schools

"The CREDO study is further evidence that New York City's public charter sector is delivering a top quality education to their students and preparing them well for college and beyond. In math in particular, the city's charter school students are excelling at rates far above their district peers. These results should finally ignite a conversation around what is working in these schools and how successful practices can be spread so that many more students in both traditional and charter public schools can benefit."

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About the New York City Charter School Center
The New York City Charter School Center is an independent non-profit committed to fostering an environment in which public charters can open and flourish, and, through their innovative approaches, provide models for improving all public schools. The Charter Center helps new charter schools get started, supports existing schools, and builds community support so that highly effective schools can flourish.

About NYC's Charter Schools
Charter schools are free, independently run public schools that are able to innovate in their classroom structures, curriculum, and teaching methods. In return, they're held to higher standards of accountability. More than 90 percent of the City's charter school students are African-American or Latino, and more than 75 percent are from low-income families. There are currently 159 public charter schools serving students in all five boroughs.

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