Among 30 developed countries, US ranks 25th in Math, 21st in Science.
What Are Charter Schools
Public Charter Schools are independent public schools that are free to be more innovative and are held accountable for improved student achievement. They foster a partnership between parents, teachers and students to create an environment in which parents can be more involved, teachers are given the freedom to innovate and students are provided the structure they need to learn.
Charter schools are:
• publicly funded, and are not vouchers for private schools.
• open to all students.
• pioneers and innovators in public education.
• meeting parents’ needs.
• appealing places to work for teachers.
• committed to improving public education.
• operated by an exciting array of non-profit groups.
• playing an important part in school reform.
• demonstrating a record of student achievement.
A More Structured Learning Environment
Charter schools provide a more structured learning environment, greater student discipline and increased parental involvement.
Improved Student Achievement
Charter schools are held accountable for improving student achievement.
School leaders are permitted more flexibility when managing their school, allowing them to respond to parents and students needs.
High-quality teachers are rewarded for their excellent service.
Charter schools give parents options when it comes to where to send their child to school.
Source: PISA Study 2006