Resources & Research

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Are Charter Schools Working? A Review of the Evidence

This brief summarizes a new review of the available evidence on charter schools and student achievement.

Are charter schools working? That is, are students in charter schools learning as much or more than their counterparts in district-run public schools? While public and political debates rage about the charter sector’s efficacy, it is crucial to systematically consider the most rigorous studies to understand how in fact charter schools are serving students across the nation.

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Autonomy and Achievement: How public charter schools can help close the achievement gap

This report by Nina Rees of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools for the PIE Network discusses potential solutions for charter schools to contribute toward closing the achievement gap because of their increased autonomy. According to the report, "The vast majority of gold-standard research studies on charter student achievement published since 2010, including three national studies and 10 regional studies, show positive results for students who attend public charter schools."


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North Carolina Charter Schools: Excellence and Equity through Collaboration 2014

On January 27, 2014, Self-Help and the A.J. Fletcher Foundation convened over 40 North Carolina education leaders to shed light on the challenges and opportunities of an expanding charter school sector, including opportunities for charter and district leaders to work collaboratively. This report presents the issues and recommendations elevated at the convening and in subsequent discussions among the convening organizations.

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Over-Age, Under-Credited Students and Public Charter Schools: An Exploration of Successes, Strategies, and Opportunities for Expansion

Over-age and under- credited (OU) students are defined as not having the appropriate number of credits for their age and intended grade. A new report released today by the National Alliance for Public Charter SchoolsOur Piece of the Pie, and SIATech examines how public charter schools are taking a leading role in serving these students who have fallen behind in school or dropped out altogether.&nbsp

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Making School Choice Work

School choice is increasingly the new normal in urban education. But in cities with multiple public school options, how can civic leaders create a choice system that works for all families, whether they choose a charter or district public school?

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A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities, 2013

This December 2013 report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranks places across the country based on the number and percentage of students enrolled in charter schools. It is the eighth annual edition of the report.

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State Education Reforms (SER), NCES Website

This State Education Reforms website of the National Center for Education Statistics provides a range of data covering accountability, assessment and standards, staff qualifications and development, state support for school choice, and student readiness and progress through school.

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Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts: School Year 2010-11

This September 2013 First Look report from the National Center for Education Statistics provides information about revenues and expenditures for public elementary and secondary school districts for the 2010-2011 school year, including median per pupil data for independent charter school districts for certain states.

Twenty-two states reported finance data for both charter school districts and noncharter school districts.