Thursday, February 7th, 2013
The Center on Education Policy at George Washington University has just released a new report that provides a good overview of current research on civic education in charter schools and suggests opportunities for further research. (In regard to this latter point about future research opportunities, as Maria Ferguson, the head of the Center, notes, “The most interesting finding from our analysis is that the research that exists about civic education in any kind of school (charter, traditional public, or private) is limited at best.”)
In the report, “Civic Education and Charter Schools: Current Knowledge and Future Research Issues,” the Center set out to explore three main questions:
By analyzing data from the 2010 civics assessment of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP)–the most recent NAEP civics assessment and the only one that breaks out data for charter schools and traditional public schools–the Center found some interesting results:
It’s important to note that the NAEP results are only available for the nation as a whole and are not broken out by urban, suburban, or rural locations–so these data are only comparing a representative sample of all charter schools and all traditional public schools in the nation. This is one area, the report points out, where further research is needed.
To learn more about civic education and charter schools, read the Center on Education Policy’s report here.