The New York Times reports that according to a report released by the Federal Education Department, fourth graders in traditional schools performed significantly better in reading and math than comparable students enrolled in charter schools. Based on 2003 test scores, the report thrust the Education Department into a national debate concerning school choice as well as drawing a large amount of criticism from charter school supporters–the fastest growing sector in public education. In 2003, fourth graders in traditional schools scored 4.2 points better in reading and 4.7 points better in math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test than their counterparts enrolled in charter schools… (Note: This site requires free registration.)