Resources & Research

Report |

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.

Website |

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

Report |

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:

Report |

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

Toolkit |

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.

Report |

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. 

Report |

The Health of the Public Charter School Movement: A State-By-State Analysis

This report provides a helpful framework for determining the overall health of the charter school movement. We are pleased to expand our work to address the question of how states are growing and strengthening their public charter schools.

 

Read the full report here

Report |

Breakthroughs in Time, Talent, and Technology: Next Generation Learning Models in Public Charter Schools

A new report released in September of 2014 by Public Impact and for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools looks at next generation learning models – those using time, talent, and technology in innovative ways. Specifically, the report evaluates current practices at four innovative schools and makes recommendations for policymakers to better support this type of personalized learning to help increase student achievement.

Report |

Public Accountability for Charter Schools

A new report on charter schools from Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) recommends changes to state charter legislation and charter authorizer standards that would reduce student inequities and achieve complete transparency and accountability to the communities served.  

Find the full report here.

Report |

2014 Charter School Facility Finance Landscape

LISC's 2014 Charter School Facility Finance Landscape is a comprehensive source for information on how charter schools fund real estate projects. This is the fourth report in a series of Landscape studies since 2005. It provides an overview of current financing options from foundations and nonprofit financing organizations, as well as a detailed description of the tax-exempt bond market for charter schools.