1) In reading on the NAEP, 9-year-olds posted an average score of 221, up 13 points from 1971; for 13-year-olds, the average score jumped from 255 to 263, but for 17-year-olds, scores were statistically unchanged at 287.
2) A 2009 Stanford University study found that just 17% of charter schools raised student math scores above those in traditional schools. That’s now risen to 29%. Meanwhile, in 2009, 37% of charters were actually providing a worse education, but that’s now declined to 31%.
3) More than 2 million students attend some 6,000 charter schools in the U.S.
4) The estimated amount of outstanding student loan debt is now $1.1 trillion, with the average outstanding balance standing at $27,547. Plus, there was a 31% increase in student loan borrowers between 2007 and 2012.