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Low-Income Kids Pass ISTEP In Higher Rates At Public Schools

Indiana lawmakers have billed charter schools as a way to boost test scores, but data show low-income students in public school perform better than at charters.

Second graders at Indianapolis charter school Christel House Academy play fraction games. An accelerated curriculum in the early years is key to the school's model.

Photo: Kyle Stokes/StateImpact Indiana

Second graders at Indianapolis charter school Christel House Academy play fraction games. An accelerated curriculum in the early years is key to the school's model.

Indiana lawmakers who supported last session’s education overhaul have billed charter schools as a better alternative than the state’s public schools for teaching low-income students. But state test scores from Spring 2011, used as a measure of student performance, show the opposite: Public school students have outperformed their charter school counterparts.

Click here to read the story on the StateImpact Indiana blog, where there’s a breakdown of school performance data and a radio feature taking a look at one charter school whose scores stand out.

Kyle Stokes

Kyle Stokes joined WFIU/WTIU in 2011 as an education reporter and blogger for StateImpact Indiana, a collaborative reporting venture between WFIU and NPR News. He comes to Bloomington from Columbia, Mo., where he was a producer and reporter for NPR member station KBIA-FM and NBC affiliate KOMU-TV. Originally from Minneapolis, Minn., Stokes is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and an even prouder Minnesota Twins fan.

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