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Charter School Sector Growing In Northwest Arkansas

Posted: August 18, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Egan Meaux, 18, left, works on an essay Wednesday alongside Harper Grimsley, 16, and Levi Pruett, 16, during an environmental science class at Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville.

The number of students attending charter schools in Northwest Arkansas will increase by about 50 percent when two new schools open Monday.

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Charter Enrollment

The charter schools in Benton and Washington counties and the number of students enrolled at each one this fall:

• Benton County School of the Arts (K-12): 793

• Haas Hall Academy (8-12): 320

• Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy (K-8): 445

• Lincoln New Tech High School (8-12): 500 (approximate)

• Rogers New Tech High School (9-10): 300

Source: Staff report

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Standford Study

The National Charter School Study 2013, released by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University, found across the charter schools in the 26 states studied:

• In reading, 25 percent of charter schools showed significantly stronger learning gains, 56 percent showed no significant difference and 19 percent had significantly weaker learning gains than their traditional public school counterparts.

• In math, 29 percent of charter schools showed student learning gains that were significantly stronger than those of their traditional public school peers, while 40 percent were not significantly different and 31 percent were significantly weaker.

• Charter school students gained an additional eight days of learning each year in reading and no significant difference in math compared to their peers in traditional public schools.

Source: Staff report

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