National Review Op-Ed: ‘Gap-buster’ Roger Bacon Academy

By August 3, 2023 News

Baker Mitchell, founder of the Roger Bacon Academy, has a new op-ed in National Review about RBA as a “gap-busting” charter network. The Roger Bacon Academy earned this national recognition in a new landmark study from Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO). The third of its kind, the CREDO study assessed nearly 2 million charter students over a period of four years, comparing them to matched students in district schools.

Read more about the CREDO study on the Coalition blog (here, here, and here).

The Roger Bacon Academy operates four classical charter schools–all of them Coalition member schools— in Southeastern North Carolina.

Here’s an excerpt from Baker Mitchell’s National Review op-ed:

[CREDO] researchers found that “in both reading and math charter schools provide students with stronger learning” than the traditional public schools they ordinarily would have attended. Among charters, those in group networks administered by charter-management organizations generally did best.

…While the overall results should be enough to shake up the education bureaucracy, “the real surprise of the study,” the researchers reported, was “the number of charter schools that . . . achieved educational equity for their students” — eliminating, for all practical purposes, the achievement gap between white students and “minority and poverty students.” They coined the term “gap busters” to describe such schools.

Charter-management-organization networks were credited with being “gap busters” if (1) the network’s average achievement percentages were above their state’s traditional school averages, and (2) the added days of learning above the traditional schools was as strong for disadvantaged students as for non-disadvantaged students. Of the 378 networks the researchers evaluated, the Roger Bacon Academy, I’m proud to say, was among the highest rated.

Congratulations to Baker Mitchell and Roger Bacon Academy!

Find a pdf of the op-ed here.