ON-Lion Letter
A recently released study by Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) highlights the strong results demonstrated by the portfolio of charter-management organizations (CMOs) invested in by the Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF) in Broomfield, Colo.

In its Charter School Growth and Replication study, CREDO did a stand-alone analysis on CSGF's performance and found "those CMOs that were supported by the Charter School Growth Fund had significantly higher learning gains than other CMOs or independent charter schools."  The report went on to describe CSGF's screening methods as "highly predictive of an organization's ability to produce high academic growth in their students as they replicate schools" and noted that CSGF-funded CMOs "serve as exemplars for instructional and management quality."

CREDO reported results based on academic learning gains, utilizing a "virtual control record" methodology that measures performance of students in CSGF-funded CMOs versus other CMOs in the study.  Both were benchmarked against their "virtual twins" in the traditional public schools that the charter students would otherwise have attended.

"Other groups interested in the promotion of school excellence may wish to investigate the processes used by CSGF to identify successful schools," the CREDO researchers noted.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports CSGF.
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