Resources & Research

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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.

 

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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.

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A New Frontier: UTILIZING CHARTER SCHOOLING TO STRENGTHEN RURAL EDUCATION

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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?