Resources & Research

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On Top of the World: Public Charter Schools and International Benchmarking, 2013-2014

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools believes a key way to make our schools globally competitive is by allowing schools to adopt innovative practices that lead to higher achievement. One of the best ways to encourage innovation is by giving schools the flexibility and autonomy they need to explore new educational models.

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Measuring Quality From Inputs to Outcomes: Creating Student Learning Performance Metrics and Quality Assurance for Online Schools

Online learning, in many forms, is growing rapidly across the United States. Some students are taking a single online course while attending a physical school. Other students attend schools that split time between online and face-to-face content and instruction throughout the school day. They may rotate between learning labs with laptops and classrooms that look and feel much like a traditional school.
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VIRTUAL SCHOOLS IN THE U.S. 2015: POLITICS, PERFORMANCE, POLICY, AND RESEARCH EVIDENCE

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Virtual education continues to be a focal point for policymakers interested in expanding education choices and improving the efficiency of public education.
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School Accountability in the Digital Age

Public schools in the United States operate under state accountability systems that vary by state and are meant to measure individual school performance against criteria determined by state policymakers. The purpose of these systems is to hold each school accountable for increasing student performance. However, it has become clear that a single system does not accurately measure all schools.
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Understanding and Improving Full-Time Virtual Schools

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K12 Inc. enrolls more public school students than any other private education management organization in the U.S. Much has been written about K12 Inc. (referred to in this report simply as “K12”) by financial analysts and investigative journalists because it is a large, publicly traded company and is the dominant player in the operation and expansion of full-time virtual schools.

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How Do School Leaders Respond to Competition

This paper examines New Orleans school leaders’ perceptions of competition and their responses to it. This paper will focus on schools’ responses to competition rather than student outcomes in a way that can help policy-makers understand whether improving education is the automatic response to competition in a school-choice environment, or whether schools, like competitors in other markets, have a range of strategies they employ in order to survive. This study looks at how competition affects schools, a dynamic not captured in studies that have focused on student outcomes.

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Productivity Returns to Experience in the Teacher Labor Market:

We present new evidence on the relationship between teacher productivity and job experience. Econometric challenges require identifying assumptions to model the within-teacher returns to experience with teacher fixed effects. We describe the identifying assumptions used in past models and in a new approach that we propose, and we demonstrate how violations of these assumptions can lead to substantial bias. Consistent with past research, we find that teachers experience rapid productivity improvement early in their careers.

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Urban Charter School Study Report on 41 Regions 2015

This report presents an investigation conducted by CREDO over the past two years. We examined charter school performance in urban areas, driven by our ongoing effort to identify successful models for educating America’s students, particularly students of color and students living in poverty.

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Virtual Schools in the US 2015

Virtual education continues to be a focal point for policymakers interested in expanding education choices and improving the efficiency of public education. In particular, full-time virtual schools, also known as online schools or cyber schools, have attracted a great deal of attention. Proponents argue that online curriculum can be tailored to individual students and that it has the potential to promote greater student achievement than can be realized in traditional brick-and-mortar schools.

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Nevada Charter Schools: Improving Access to Categorical & Facilities Funding

The Nevada Plan for school finance is the main funding source for operations for school districts and charter schools. There are also State and Federal categorical grants, which provide funding for specific activities or populations. Under current State law, charter school students are supposed to receive comparable funding from all sources. In practice, charter school students have experienced limited accessibility to State and Federal categorical funds compared to school districts.