A new report by TPCSA, published as Texas marks the 25th anniversary of the state's public charter school law, shows that charters are helping improve academic outcomes for students across the state — regardless of whether those children attend a public charter school or a district school.
The report, “A Rising Tide is Lifting All Boats: 25 Years of Texas Public Charter Schools,” looks closely at 5th grade and 8th grade data from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) and the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests, which are key indicators for how likely students are to be promoted to middle and high school and are early predictors of college enrollment and readiness.
"Twenty-five years ago, supporters of public charter schools made a promise: Not only would they serve their own students well, but they would help strengthen all public schools,” said Texas Public Charter Schools Association CEO Starlee Coleman. “Today, the results are undeniable. Charters are delivering on that promise and that’s great news for all children.”