Thompson: Gates Scholar's Study Casts Questions On Broad Winner*
The Hechinger Report notes some seriously bad news about the Charlotte Mecklenburg schools, which won the Broad Prize for excellence last week. The CMS "failed dismally in meeting academic targets for 2011." And the number of Charlotte schools ranked by Newsweek as among the nation's top dropped from 13 to two. The biggest blow, however, is CMS's rating on the "School Choice, School Quality and Postsecondary Attainment" by Gates scholar Tom Kane and other economists, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The report finds that Charlotte Mecklenburg's massive experiment in school choice has failed to increase performance in students from the lowest-quality schools who won the lottery to attend high-quality high schools. Instead, the study found evidence in support of the old-fashioned input-driven reforms (such as college preparatory counseling) that the Broad folks and others condemn as the "status quo." In other words, the central finding of this NBER study calls into question the Broadies' fundamental approach to "reform." - JT (@drjohnthompson)Image via.
*CORRECTION: The original headline made it seem like the Gates Foundation had funded the study itself, which is not the case.