Public schools post dismal NAEP scores

The latest NAEP scores are discouraging (“How to End the Epidemic of Failure in America’s Schools,” The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 24). They show the largest learning loss in both math and reading in modern history.

It’s easy to blame the pandemic, which resulted in the closing of most public schools. But scores were falling before Covid.  The fact is that most charter schools during the same period in question performed quite well.  Could it be that parental involvement made the difference?

I ask that question because enrollment in charter schools is not automatic.  Parents must apply.  As a result, the fact they do so is evidence that are involved in the education their children receive. I believe it is this fact rather than the absence of teachers’ unions in charter schools that account for their success compared with traditional public schools.

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