Resources & Research

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Success for English Learners in Charter Schools

This study explores trends in English Learner (EL) student enrollments and academic outcomes in California’s charter schools. Our data analyses included the use of publicly available data to review public charter school student performance with that of traditional school performance. To better understand best practices with English Learner students, we interviewed numerous leaders of charter schools that have high EL populations and strong academic outcomes with their EL student populations.

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Challenges for Charter School with Special Education: Issues of Concern for Charter School Authorizers and Service Providers

Charter schools, as one type of school choice, have been attracting a growing number of students since first inception in Minnesota in 1991. Although charter schools are a fledgling reform, they are already a significant part of the federal and state efforts to improve schools and have a growing number of students. Like traditional public schools, charter schools accept all students equally.

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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.

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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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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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Tennesse Charter School Center: State of the Sector Report

A comprehensive review of the developments in Tennessee's charter space to then end of 2013-2014 school year. 

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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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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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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