Resources & Research

Toolkit |

Build A Strong Charter School Brand

"Build A Strong Charter School Brand", a free, downloadable guide designed for charter school administrators and leaders, addresses the common obstacles of funding, staffing, and enrollment head-on through relevant case studies, impactful data, and actionable exercises. This guide will help you and your team take the next big step in turning current roadblocks into future opportunities. You can find the guide here.

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Charter School Laws Across the States 2015: Rankings and Scorecards


Strong charter laws feature independent, multiple authorizers, few limits on expansion, equitable funding, and high levels of school autonomy. CER’s rankings take into consideration not only the policy itself, but how that policy plays out on the ground and whether it can withstand the test of time and people. For instance, a law might look great in theory, but you cannot responsibly evaluate the quality of the law if no schools have opened.

Case Study |

STARTUP TEACHER EDUCATION: A Fresh Take on Teacher Credentialing

As education reformers across the country are working to improve student outcomes at scale, many are focusing on improving the teaching force.

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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.

Policy and Procedures |

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.