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    Filed at 9:28 am under by dcobranchi

    The NYT reports that charter schools results on the most recent NAEP left a good bit to be desired. It seems that regular g-schools outperformed them in most every category. It’s difficult to parse how meaningful these data are as, I think, the proof of the pudding will be in how well kids progress over time. Those data are not available. Regardless, Chester Finn expressed dismay:

    “The scores are low, dismayingly low,” said Chester E. Finn Jr., a supporter of charters and president of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, who was among those who asked the administration to do the comparison.

    Mr. Finn, an assistant secretary of education in the Reagan administration, said the quality of charter schools across the country varied widely, and he predicted that the results would make those overseeing charters demand more in the way of performance.

    “A little more tough love is needed for these schools,” Mr. Finn said. “Somebody needs to be watching over their shoulders.”

    Something to keep an eye on over the next few years.

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