Resources & Research

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Student Achievement in Charter Schools: What the Research Shows

The charter sector has grown dramatically since its beginnings in Minnesota almost a quarter of a century ago. Today, an estimated 2.5 million children attend approximately 6,400 charter schools across the country, and all but 8 states have charter laws in place. The expansion of the sector has been accompanied by an increase in public commentary about charter schools’ impact on student achievement.

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The Legal Status of Charter Schools in State Statutory Law

     Since 1991, forty-two states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation for charter schools. While charter schools are generally characterized as “public schools,” courts have had a difficult time determining their legal status because charter schools contain both public and private characteristics.

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Pushed Out? Low-Performing Students and New York City Charter Schools



The significant growth of charter schools in the United States has brought praise for the excellent results achieved by some schools as well as criticism that charter schools may not be serving the most disadvantaged students.

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School Closures and Student Achievement: An Analysis of Ohio's Urban District and Charter Schools

Closing poor-performing schools is an increasingly prevalent strategy for improving public education. And the promise of school choice is based in part on the notion that the educational market will force poor-performing schools to close. However, policymakers know little about the academic impact of closure on the students it displaces.

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The Status of Charter Schools in Texas

Children languish in poor-performing charter schools, while the outstanding charters have waiting lists into the hundreds if not thousands. When all charters schools are analyzed together, the performance of each group is clouded. To bring clarity to the issues, CHILDREN AT RISK presents a report on the status of charter schools in Texas.

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An Analysis of the Charter School Facility Landscape in California

The National Charter School Resource Center (“Resource Center”), the Colorado League of Charter Schools (“League”), the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (Alliance) and the California Charter Schools Association (“CCSA”), publish this report, entitled “An Analysis of the Charter School Facility Landscape in California,” detailing the status of charter school facilities in the state.

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Alternative Strategies for Identifying High Performing Charter Schools in Texas

The Obama administration's recurring policy emphasis on high-performing charter schools begs the obvious question: how do you identify a high-performing charter school?

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Charter public schools are often criticized for serving fewer students with disabilities than traditional public schools. Opponents often assume that this is due to charters denying access to difficult-to-serve students; however, very few studies examine the factors that contribute to differences in enrollment.

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Special Education in Charter Schools: What We've Learned and What We Still Need to Know

According to national averages, charter schools serve fewer students with special needs, leaving them open to charges that they are exclusionary. Charter leaders counter that when special education enrollment rates are lower, it is often because charter schools are less likely to identify a child as needing special education services and more likely to address the child’s learning or behavior so that she or he can participate fully in the regular classroom environment.