Resources & Research

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Working Together to Manage Enrollment: Key Governance and Operations Decisions

Cities pursuing common enrollment systems face challenging questions about who has the responsibility for implementation, and how the system can adapt and change over time for long-term success. These questions are made all the more challenging when schools in different sectors are competing for students and when cross-sector trust is low.
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In-Depth Portfolio Assessment: Shelby County Schools, Memphis, TN

The 2013 merger of Memphis City Schools (with 103,000 students) and Shelby County Schools (with 47,000 students) was the largest school district consolidation in American history. In its first year of operation, the new Shelby County Schools (SCS) commissioned CRPE researchers to perform a critical review of the district's readiness to implement a portfolio strategy for managing its schools.

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Making School Choice Work: It Still Takes a City

This report by CRPE highlights the challenges surrounding the fact that choice-based enrollment is outpacing neighborhood-based enrollment in Detroit, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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Early Progress Interim Report on Personalized Learning - Executive Summary

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released this report on the interim findings from an ongoing study of charter schools using personalized learning practices. The report discusses students' gains in math and reading over the last two years compared to a virtual control group made up of similar students at comparable schools. 

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Authorizer Hopping: Motivations, Causes, and Ways to Stop It

Charter schools identified for closure do not always shut their doors. Instead, some charter schools identify and “hop” to a new authorizer willing to work with them to avoid accountability and remain open. This brief for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers explores how and why authorizer hopping happens and offers recommendations to stop it.

Find the full report here.

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Parent Power Index

 The Parent Power Index (PPI) measures the ability in each state of a parent to exercise choices – no matter what their income or child’s level of academic achievement – engage with their local school and board, and have a voice in the systems that surround their child. The Parent Power Index gives parents an interactive tool to discover whether the state affords them power –and if not, what they can do to get it.

Find the full index here

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Legal Guidelines For Educating English Learners In Charter Schools

Legal Guidelines For Educating English Learners In Charter Schools

This report, authored by Safal Partners and Public Impact, investigates the legal parameters that charter schools need to be aware of as they attempt to serve the needs of ELs. Specific areas explored by the paper include:

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Engaging English Learner Families In Charter Schools

English Learner (EL) students are the fastest growing demographic group among school children in the United States, with the number of ELs in K-12 public schools increasing by about 14% from 2002-03 to 2010-11. Research and practice suggest that greater family engagement with schools can be a critical lever for ensuring the academic success of these students.  Meeting the needs of the rapidly increasing EL population presents a challenge for all public schools, including charter schools.

Engaging English Learner Families In Charter Schools

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Charter School Teacher Recruitment and Selection Toolkit

In recent years, the Delaware Department of Education has promoted the use of 
human capital strategies by public school districts and schools as part of the 
Delaware State Board of Education’s Strategic Plan. Please refer to Appendix A in 
this section for a brief description of the Board’s Strategic Plan.

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Designing the Next Generation of State Education Accountability Systems

In June 2014, the Center on Reinventing Public Education and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute brought together a group of scholars and policy experts to consider what’s needed in the next generation of accountability systems. Many participants played key roles in the creation of existing systems, and none hesitated to identify their shortcomings. Over two days, these experts focused on fundamental beliefs to help surface design principles for these next-generation systems, as well as the key tensions and challenges that must be addressed for them to become a reality.