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CREDO conducts research-based reports on academic performance for students in public K-12 schools in selected cities, states, and school districts, while also comparing charter schools with traditional schools and online learning with brick-and-mortar settings.

Camden – 2022

2022 City Studies Summary of Findings This summary highlights major findings about students’ academic performance in public K-12 schools in Camden, New Jersey. Performance is measured by one-year learning gains or growth students made from one school year to the next. We benchmark Camden students’ growth against the state average …

San Antonio – 2022

2022 City Studies Summary of Findings This summary highlights major findings about students’ academic performance in public K-12 schools in San Antonio, Texas. Performance is measured by one-year learning gains or growth students made from one school year to the next. We benchmark San Antonio students’ growth against the state …

New Orleans – 2022

2022 City Studies Summary of Findings This summary highlights major findings about students’ academic performance in public K-12 schools in New Orleans, Louisiana. Performance is measured by one-year learning gains or growth students made from one school year to the next. We benchmark New Orleans students’ growth against the state …

CREDO News

The 74 – Study: San Antonio Charter Schools Lifted Student Achievement Prior to Pandemic

New findings on San Antonio public schools reveal that students in charter schools are in many cases outpacing their peers, both statewide and within the city — in a few cases, by as much as half of an entire school year….

Thomas B. Fordham Institute – CREDO examines charter school performance in three cities

Are charter schools helping students succeed? Many studies have contributed to answering this multidimensional question, including a recent Fordham Institute report highlighting the association between a rise in charter student enrollment share at the metro level and increases in math achievement…

The 74 – In Indianapolis, Charter Schools ‘Move the Needle’ on Achievement

New research on pre-pandemic academic achievement in Indianapolis is delivering a mixed bag of results: Students in K-12 schools there posted weaker learning gains in both reading and math than students statewide, while students who attended charter or charter-like “Innovation Network Schools” posted better results […]

The 74 – New Research Tracks Charters’ Early Moves During Pandemic

A new study suggests that charter schools heavily prioritized student engagement and instruction in the early days of the pandemic, with many navigating a quick transition to online learning and beginning to embrace a hybrid model by the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. This […]

EdSource – Survey details how charter schools in California, two other states responded to pandemic

After Covid closed schools in March 2020, charter schools reopened in remote learning on average in four days in California, three days in New York and only two days in Washington state. For public districts throughout California and much of the nation, it often took […]

Northern Kentucky Tribune – Brigitte Blom: Debate is not about charter schools, but how to close Ky’s persistent achievement gaps

“When analyzing the research on charter school effectiveness, The Center for Research on Student Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University is still the gold standard….”


Over many years of interaction with CREDO, from being an authorizer at the district leadership level to funding the development of public charter schools, I have come to appreciate and cherish the combination of strategic advice with rigorous analysis of programs and policies that Macke and her team at CREDO provide. My teams and I could always count on unvarnished, honest, thorough and objective information to inform our decisions.

Jean-Claude Brizard, President and CEO, Digital Promise

If you want a leader on high-quality research on education policy look no further than Macke Raymond and the team at CREDO. No matter what your point of view, you can be confident that the research from CREDO is rigorous and conscientious.

Robert Enlow President and CEO, EdChoice

CREDO is a key source to help policymakers and educators on the ground make difficult decisions based on sound data and research.  It serves as a viral source for improving the state of education research by driving for better, more transparent and actionable data, such that its research can continue to shine a brighter and brighter light on what is and isn’t working for students. It’s also the rare trusted source where the research doesn’t have an agenda. The team follows what the data says and presents it fairly and without varnish.

Michael B. Horn, Speaker and Author

When John Lennon said “Think globally; act locally” he must have had CREDO in mind. The CREDO team brings invaluable global knowledge, wisdom and data to the local challenges we face and the solutions we implement here in California’s great central valley. We are fortunate to call them partners and friends.

Don Shalvey, CEO, San Joaquin A+

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