Resources & Research

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Inside Charter Schools: Unlocking Doors to Student Success

This February 2011 report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington Bothell in Seattle finds that charter schools are using autonomy as a powerful tool for innovation and student achievement, but tight, unstable budgets and “overwhelming administrative demands are powerful forces pulling charter schools back to traditional practice.”

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Exploring Success in the Charter Sector

This 2008 report presents findings from exploratory case studies of six charter schools identified due to their reported success educating children with disabilities. The case studies were exploratory in nature, documenting what charter schools are offering children with disabilities. Selected schools were perceived to be innovative or particularly successful with children with disabilities.

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Research Brief: Charter Schools and Civic Leadership in Indianapolis

A September 2010 research brief from the National Center on School Choice states that gains in student learning in Indianapolis charter schools are at least in part the result of the high levels of independence and civic support that charters receive in the city. 

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National Charter School Resource Center: 2009-10 Year in Review

Produced by the National Charter School Research Center, this publication provides an overview of research, news, and developments in the charter school sector in 2009-10.

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The National Study of Charter Management Organization (CMO) Effectiveness: Report on Interim Findings

The first major study of the nation’s 82 charter management organizations (CMOs) suggests wide variability between organizations, as well as significant organizational and financial challenges.

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NAPCS Dashboard Updated for 2010-2011

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has updated its online dashboard with information about the 5,275 charter schools nationwide for the 2010-11 school year.

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Student Characteristics and Achievement in 22 KIPP Middle Schools

This June 2010 report prepared by Mathematica Policy Research for the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) charter school network found significant gains in math among KIPP middle school students. It also found that students at KIPP middle schools were more likely to be living in poverty, more likely to be black or Hispanic, and had lower elementary school test scores, on average, than their counterparts at nearby schools.

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Out of the Debate and Into the Schools

Conducted by the American Institutes for Research for the Boston Foundation, this May 2010 report compares disadvantaged students who attend charter and traditional schools in Boston, finding significant improvement among charter students and identifying time spent in school as the critical factor driving academic gains.

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A Closer Look at Charter Schools and Segregation

Written by researchers at the University of Arkansas, this Summer 2010 EducationNext article examines demographics at charter schools and traditional public schools, finding that both have similar proportions of minority students when located in the same neighborhood.

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Annual Survey of Charter Schools 2010

This April 2010 report from the Center for Education Reform provides a comprehensive look at the charter school environment, including size and scope, student demographics, operations, and management.