US children attending charter schools – publicly funded alternative schools run under contract – have more than quadrupled in 10 years. Their numbers have gone from 340,000 in 1999-2000 to more than 1.6 million in 2009-2010. Contrary to some perceptions, a majority of charter schools are urban (54.8% are in cities) and multicultural (the Hispanic percentage of the charter school population is increasing, from 19.6% in 2000 to 26.1% in 2010, while white and African American proportions declined slightly).
Open up today’s infographic, though, for some data on test performance by charter school students that may surprise you. Then join our discussion below: what’s the best path to school excellence?
Face the Facts USA is a project of The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. Would you like the "Fact of the Day" beamed straight to your email inbox? Sign up here. For more fun stuff, follow them on Twitter @FaceFactsUSA, or like them on Facebook.
ALSO ON HUFFPOST:
How will Donald Trump’s first 100 days impact YOU? Subscribe, choose the community that you most identify with or want to learn more about and we’ll send you the news that matters most once a week throughout Trump’s first 100 days in office. Learn more