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Columbia Missourian

Charter students do better than public students in Missouri, study says

By The Associated Press
June 16, 2009 | 4:45 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — A national study says Missouri charter school students, on average, do better in reading and math than those attending public schools.

In the study released Monday, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University says that nationally only 17 percent of the charter schools "provide superior educational opportunities for their students."

But in five states, including Missouri, higher learning gains for charter school students are significantly higher.

In Missouri, data was collected from 2005 to 2008. It involved 6,422 charter school students — grades three through eight — at 39 schools. Kansas charter school students were not included in the study.

The report suggests that more accountability be imposed on charter schools nationwide.