Resources & Research

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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.

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The State of Public Education in New Orleans, 2013 Report

This June 2013 report from the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University provides analyses and data on the status of public education in New Orleans, where the report states 84 percent of the enrollment is in charter schools. The report provides narratives regarding issues such as facilities and school personnel practices, as well as enrollment patterns and letter grades for the schools.

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Evaluation of The Delaware Charter School Reform

This 2007 report focuses on charter school performance in Delaware and includes a wide range of analyses of academic, demographic and financial data, as well as individual school profiles. Also covered are teacher pay and working conditions, and school governance.

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Charter Schools in California: A Review of Their Autonomy and Resource Allocation Practices

This 2006 study explored differences in resource levels, resource allocation decisions, and student performance between California’s charter schools and the state’s traditional public schools.

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Successful Charter Schools

This 2004 report from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement discusses elements of effective charter schools and provides profiles of eight charter schools:

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Searching for Excellence: A Five-City, Cross-State Comparison of Charter School Quality

This March 2013 report from the Public Impact and Thomas B. Fordham Institute offers analysis of the quality of charter schools in five cities: Albany, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Denver, Colorado; and Indianapolis, Indiana. The report, using data for the 2010-2011 school year, covers comparisons with traditional public schools, the record of performance among charter schools, and issues driving charter school closure and expansion.