Charter School Impacts in Idaho

Idaho charter school successes particularly notable in rural areas

  1. On average, students in Idaho charter schools experienced similar learning gains in math and stronger learning gains in reading compared to traditional public school students in a study of the 2014-15 through 2016-17 school years. Rural charter school students in particular did well, pulling ahead in both reading and math.
  2. At the school level, around 40 percent of Idaho charter schools outpaced their local traditional public school peers in reading and math. Still, 17 percent of charter schools fared significantly worse for reading and 20 percent of charter schools fell short in math.
  3. In an area of concern for educational policy leaders, online charter schools performed much worse than both traditional public schools and brick-and-mortar charter schools.