GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Black students in charter public schools outperformed their counterparts in conventional school districts and statewide on the 2011 MEAP test, according to MLive.

“These findings are significant, but not surprising,” Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, told MLive. “One of the primary missions of a charter school is to give parents a quality educational option in places where the local public schools are failing. This data shows that the mission is succeeding.”

SOURCE: MLive, “Black students in charter schools scored better on MEAP math, reading tests than peers in same urban districts,” June 11, 2012

FURTHER READING: Michigan Education Report, “DPS Receives Bids from 18 Charter Operators,” May 5, 2011

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