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Charter schools are independent public schools that are given greater autonomy in exchange for increased accountability. Charter school operators are freed from many of the regulations of the traditional public school bureaucracy, thereby allowing them to pursue more innovative educational ideas than non-charter public schools can pursue. At the same time, charter schools are held accountable for achieving specific educational outcomes and are closed down if those outcomes are not met.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the assertion that students attending charter schools will, on average, perform better on assessments of writing ability than students attending traditional public schools?


charter school Independent => autonomy / less regulation => more innovative ideas
we have to prove that
more innovative ideas => student writing ability superior.


B. The majority of students who score in the 99th percentile on assessments of writing ability attend charter schools.

although it says that who score in the 99th percentile belong to charter schools, it is weak because it is only talking about subset of all students. What about who score in 90-98 percentile. what if they belong to public school.


D. Students who attend schools that are allowed to experiment with their writing curricula perform better on assessments of writing ability than
students who attend schools that have less flexible curricula.

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In Option D it only says that students who are experimenting on writing skills will do assessment well, but does not says that these type of experimenting happens only in Charter schools, it could happen in non-charter school and could be a part of non-charter school's curricula.

Option B clearly says that students achieving 99 percentile are from charter schools

Answer should be B.

Please let me know where I am mistaken.



I think in B cause and effect are reveresed, therefore it's a weakner.

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jamifahad wrote:
Charter schools are independent public schools that are given greater autonomy in exchange for increased accountability. Charter school operators are freed from many of the regulations of the traditional public school bureaucracy, thereby allowing them to pursue more innovative educational ideas than non-charter public schools can pursue. At the same time, charter schools are held accountable for achieving specific educational outcomes and are closed down if those outcomes are not met.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the assertion that students attending charter schools will, on average, perform better on assessments of writing ability than students attending traditional public schools?
A. Students who attend schools that emphasize order and discipline perform worse on assessments of writing ability than students who attend schools
that do not emphasize order and discipline.
B. The majority of students who score in the 99th percentile on assessments of writing ability attend charter schools.
C. Public schools that operate outside of the traditional public school bureaucracy spend more time teaching students writing than do traditional public
schools.
D. Students who attend schools that are allowed to experiment with their writing curricula perform better on assessments of writing ability than
students who attend schools that have less flexible curricula.
E. There are far more students attending non-charter public schools than students attending charter schools.


The answer is D
B is a trap as it makes us believe that the reason students in Charter school perform better is because they have scored in 99th percentile and they attend Charter school.
If we carefully look at this option then it actually weakens the argument as it shifts the reason of performance of the students of Charter school from the innovative educational ideas Charter school employs to the ability of the student .
D tells us a direct impact of the measure taken by the charter school
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