Yesterday, the House Education – K-12 Committee approved HB 1080, which would create an “achievement school district.” Under the bill, five low-performing elementary schools would be selected to have their operation turned over to a charter school operator (an “AS operator”).
There is no evidence that the ASD model works. In Tennessee, ASD schools have not experienced any statistically significant increase in test scores. This should not come as a surprise to anyone who has seriously considered education policy. There’s no reason to believe that changing school management and exacerbating teacher turnover would address any of the underlying problems faced by student s in low-achieving schools.
The ASD model is even less likely to be successful in North Carolina under HB 1080, as the bill suffers from a number of technical issues that will hamper the model’s already-slim opportunities for success. Read more