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

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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

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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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Rural Charter Schools Face Special Challenges

Rural charters face a host of challenges that set them apart from their urban counterparts, charter experts say. Besides a lack of suitable facilities, they have smaller budgets and fewer support services than urban charters; a smaller pool of students, teachers, and administrators to draw from; and, often, particularly tense relationships with their local school districts as they compete for limited resources and relatively few students.