Educators have spent years searching for the best schools to offer early childhood learning, and some say the answer is often a mix of traditional public and private schools.
But a growing body of research suggests the best choice is still between public and charter schools.
The results, from a study released last month by the American Academy of Pediatrics, have a ripple effect for parents.
“Our work suggests that the best public and charters can be a mix between traditional public schools and alternative charter schools, in some cases offering complementary educational and social experiences to traditional public school systems,” said Dr. Robert P. Biederman, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and co-author of the study.
The study also found that charter schools are more effective in helping children learn in both traditional public high schools and charter schools, but it’s unclear why.
The authors said the data doesn’t show that a single type of charter school is better for learning, but rather that it’s more likely that charter school teachers are better able to connect to families than traditional public educators.
Biederman said the researchers have done some work to make the results more reliable and that they plan to do more.
“We will do further analyses on the effects of charter schools on students who come from different families and communities,” he said.
“We believe that the research provides a better understanding of how families and schools benefit from charters.”
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More: http://www.teacherandparent.com/blog/news/the-best-public-and-charter-schools-are-more-effective-in-helping-children-learn/story.html#ixzz3g9yHbYhL”You’re not going to get better at the art of learning,” said Robert Biedeman, an assistant professor of pediatric pediatrics and director of the Minnesota-based Institute for Family Literacy at the Mayo Clinic.
I’m not saying that charters are better than traditional schools, and there are certainly things to be said about them.
But we don’t know what they’re best for,” he added.
Biedeman and other experts say charters have a different focus and focus group work, as opposed to more traditional public institutions, and have a better chance of making connections with families.”
Charter schools don’t offer the same kind of personalized learning that traditional schools do.”
Biedeman and other experts say charters have a different focus and focus group work, as opposed to more traditional public institutions, and have a better chance of making connections with families.
The researchers analyzed data from 1,873 middle school students who were enrolled in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a nationally representative survey of students in grades 3 through 12.
They were also able to examine the student body’s income, income distribution, race and ethnicity, poverty status, and health.
The study included a mix, which is a mix in that traditional public education and chartering were combined.
Among charter schools in Minnesota, a combination of charters and traditional public had the largest share of students enrolled in middle schools, while a mix consisted of charter and traditional school.
But that was offset by a smaller mix in traditional public.
The most successful charters in Minnesota had students enrolled more than 60 percent of the time, while traditional public charters had only about 30 percent of students, the researchers found.
In contrast, the poorest students in Minnesota were the most likely to enroll in charters.
For middle and high school students, that gap was about 10 percentage points, the research found.
The findings could have implications for the public school-choice debate, said Dr: Michael R. Johnson, the executive director of New Directions for Education, an organization that advocates for charter schools nationwide.
For students to have the greatest chance of success, charter schools need to offer the best possible learning experiences for them, he said, adding that charter and public schools should not be lumped together.
And if you’re not comfortable with the idea of chartering, Johnson said, you should definitely consider alternative options.
Read more: http:/ /www.nytimes.com/?p=A1W8JNwLlUQC5C1&src=typdMore: https://www .linkedin.com/_r/sitemaps/kzq9wv4l1d5/l/20150929/s_2d8b2af7-8e3e-41ca-85f7-c8ce3a7bfb0b.html&pagewanted=allThe study found that students enrolled at a mix had an average of 6.7 months of learning at traditional public, 7.2 months at charter, and 7.5 months at