Resources & Research

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The Other Lottery: Are Philanthropists Backing the Best Charter Schools?

This June 2011 report from the Cato Institute states that its analysis of philanthropic support for charter schools in California shows that those with the highest performance on state standardized and AP tests are not getting the highest amount of donated funds.

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Public School Choice in the District of Columbia: A Descriptive Analysis

This 2011 report from the Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research is an analysis of aspects of the impact of public school choice in Washington, D.C. The report finds that “disadvantaged students are able to attend higher-performing schools than their neighborhood public schools, even with prolonged commutes,” but that “choice exacerbates student quality disparities between low- and high-poverty schools.” The report includes data on school choice trends, with breakdowns based on academic proficiency and household income.

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Achievement and Behavior in Charter Schools: Drawing a More Complete Picture

This study analyzes the effect of charter schools on student behavior and attendance.

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A Policymaker's Primer on Education Research: How to Understand, Evaluate, and Use It

This user friendly guide is designed to help policymakers and practitioners better understand educational research and apply it in appropriate ways. The authors also designed this helpful tool to accompany the guide.

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K-8 Charters: Closing the Achievement Gap

This guide from the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education profiles some of the nation's highest performing K-8 charter schools and their innovative educational practices.

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Innovations in Education: Successful Charter Schools

This guide from the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education profiles some of the nation's highest performing charter schools.

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The Condition of Education 2011

The 2011 report Condition of Education 2004 defines 50 indicators for summarizing recent and important developments in U.S. education. These indicators cover the areas of persistence, student achievement, and the learning environment. Information on charter schools can be found in the sections on enrollment and public school characteristics.

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Charter High Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap

Prepared for the Department of Education, this WestEd report summarizes eight case studies of exceptional charter schools.

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Characteristics of Public School Districts in the United States: Results From the 2007–08 Schools and Staffing Survey

This 2009 National Center for Education Statistics report provides results from the 2007-2008 School and Staffing Study (SASS).

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Achievement and Attainment in Chicago Public Schools

This RAND report looks specifically at Chicago Charter Schools and compares their impacts on student achievement relative to traditional Chicago public high schools.