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Study: Charter schools out performing public schools in NJ

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The results of a Stanford University study released Tuesday shows that New Jersey charter schools are out performing their public school counterparts on standardized testing.

At Charter Tech in Somers Point, administrators credit test preparation for the success.

"Some of the things we do for standardized testing is we provide supplemental support in the classroom, we provide after school instruction with teachers," said Charter Tech Principal Arthur Tubbs.

The study shows 30% of New Jersey's 80 charter schools scored higher on reading instruction while 40% scored higher in math.  The study finds that the state's charter schools score higher compared to charter schools across the country.

At Charter Tech in Somers Point, administrators noticed a 28% increase in math scores over the last five years and a 95% passing rate on language arts exams.

"Here at the school, our focus is on the individual student and their performance and making sure each student is provided with all of the resources and support they need to be successful," said Tubbs.

Despite the study demonstrating the success of charter schools, administrators at Charter Tech are holding back excitement until a larger study is released.

"They only focused on grades three to eight in a five year period from 2007 to 2011," said Tubbs.

"It may find if they broaden the scope that they would find a more balanced view of achievement in charter schools as well as public schools."

Tubbs notes that Charter Tech is for students with an interest in performing arts and is not for everyone.

Whether public or charter, administrators say the success of the students depends on the support of parents and faculty.

"A child's education is as good as the teacher in front of him and at a charter school you look for teachers that are dedicated, who are going to be behind the concept of a charter school," said Tubbs.

The Stanford study is the first of its kind for New Jersey public and charter schools.

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