What insights can be gleaned from the decade of data that has tracked reform initiatives in the Newark, New Jersey public schools?
By some measures the Newark, New Jersey educational reforms set in motion in the early 2010s were working: test scores were improving and graduation rates were rising. However, the issues underlying these data—such as whether charter schools had a positive or negative impact on public education as a whole, and whether Newark’s experience is relevant to other blighted public school systems—continued to be debated. This case summarizes the sometimes conflicting data that has emerged from Newark’s decade-long educational reform movement, and asks students to consider what the impact NPS’s strategy will be as it enters the 2020s.
Case ID: 210402EPI