Gary Rubinstein: Charters and the Big Lie About College Graduation Rates

Gary Rubinstein assesses the claim that graduates of charter schools have a dramatically high college graduation rate than public school graduates.

He writes:

“On the heels of the latest call by the NAACP for a charter school moratorium, there has been a media blitz started by The 74 about a report called ‘The Alumni’ in which they claim that charter school graduates go on to graduate college at three to five times the rate of low income students who do not attend charter schools.

“Besides being reported in The 74, it has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Daily News.

“The 74 article is written by Richard Whitmire (as is The Daily News Op-Ed) who is known for his biography about Michelle Rhee (haven’t heard much about her lately) and also one about Rocketship Charters (haven’t heard much about them lately).

“The summary of the report says that they have tracked the students at nine charter networks and found that graduates of those charters have between 25% and 50% of those students also graduate college. Since a commonly quoted statistic is that only 9% of low income students graduate college, these networks seem to be getting between three and five times the rate of college completion.

“The major flaw in this report — and they admit this in The 74, but not in The Daily News (The WSJ is behind a paywall, if someone can read it let me know if they address it there) — is that while the 9% statistic is for ALL students who enter schools, these 25% to 50% numbers are only for the students who complete 12th grade at the schools (KIPP is an exception, they use data from students who complete 8th grade — I’ll get to that later.)”

The claim, he says, is a lie because there is no way to verify the data.

A great post, vintage Rubinstein. Read it. This is what happens when a vert thoughtful person has a passionate commitment to evidence and accuracy, not ideology or self-interest.

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