Like many states, Michigan school leaders (well, those not actually associated with public schools) are pushing for more charter schools and on-line education. A study by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting finds that the Massachusetts Virtual Academy is not doing well, and I don’t mean financially. I’m sure they’re doing quite well with finances:
Students at a privately operated online school that is costing Massachusetts taxpayers almost $2.5 million a year are falling far behind other students in the state based on their assessment-test scores, and half of them are quitting during the academic year or failing to return the next year.
State and local records reviewed by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting show that the Massachusetts Virtual Academy, or MAVA, ranked second lowest statewide in its students’ progress in math and English based on a measure called the student growth percentile, which compares a given student’s MCAS scores over time with those of similar students.
A recent report from Ohio showed that charter schools, overall, are not matching up to public schools.