NEWARK, NJ – Many Newark community leaders have pointed to the city’s public school district, including charter schools, as a success story for the nation as a whole. And last week, a new study from Stanford University confirmed their claims.

The study, which examined data from 2015 to 2018, found that Newark district, charter, and magnet schools are learning at an overall pace well ahead of the state curve, including big gains in reading and math.

Learn more about the study and its methodology Here.

The researchers measured their results in “additional learning days,” which made Newark a leader in eleven US cities highlighted in the study.

According to some experts, measures of student growth such as those included in the study are a fairer way of comparing school performance because they take into account the amount of learning children experience in a given year, even if they don’t score high enough to be Classified as “competent” in government tests. The study then compares this growth to the growth shown by all students in New Jersey.

Newark’s mix of public schools collectively promoted student learning at a pace “significantly” faster than the New Jersey average for all three years he studied reading and one year in math. All years showed positive learning gains of the students.

Read the Newark-specific report here.

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– CREDO in Stanford (@CREDOatStanford) March 24, 2021

The latest study from Stanford University builds on several recent milestones for the city’s public school district.

Last year the New Jersey State Board of Education voted to return full local control to the district. The decision came almost 25 years after the day the board stripped the authority of its local counterpart, who had struggled with academic performance and management problems for years.

Newark Public School District officials also unveiled an ambitious 10-year strategic plan last year depicting “the best thinking” of some of Newark’s brightest minds, said Superintendent Roger León.

Meanwhile, Stanford’s study also reported excellent results for local public charter schools, which are expected to make up nearly 40 percent of the city’s total student population over the next year. It’s a sign that she and county schools can coexist – and even thrive, according to Harry Lee, president of the New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association.

Lee praised Newark’s public charter schools, which he said significantly outperform other schools despite “having no admission requirements” and “favoring our most disadvantaged children.”

“This study further confirms what we already know: Newark public charter schools are the best in the nation,” said Lee.

Kyle Rosenkrans, executive director of the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, said the overall results are good news for parents and students in Newark, regardless of which school they attend.

“This study is proof that Newark has been on the right track over the past decade to improve educational opportunities for children,” said Rosenkrans.

“The city has a winning mix of upgraded district schools, growing charter schools, and magnet high schools with selective admission that all work together to help students achieve their greatest potential,” added Rosenkrans.

5 / The study comes at a time when the state has returned local control to the elected BOE, a new superintendent is pursuing an improvement strategy, and the city’s charter school sector continues its historically rapid growth – all amid a growing student population in Newark.
– New Jersey Children’s Foundation (@ njchildren1) March 23, 2021

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