Resources & Research

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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.

Data |

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).

Report |

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.

Report |

A Closer Look at Charter Schools Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling

This National Center for Education Statistics study uses hierarchical linear modeling to look at how charter schools perform compared to traditional high schools.

Report |

How Diverse Schools Affect Student Mobility: Charter, Magnet, and Newly Built Campuses in Los Angeles

This July 2011 working paper from the University of California, Berkeley, examines the patterns and influences driving student mobility among public schools in Los Angeles, including charter schools, and the impact of the opening of 60 new schools from 2002 to 2008 that resulted from a $27 billion construction program.

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Charter School Performance in Pennsylvania

This April 2011 report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University evaluates Pennsylvania charter schools, both cyber and bricks and mortar, and compares performance to traditional public schools.

Report |

Choice Without Options: Why School Choice Is Less Than It Seems in Washington, D.C.

This 2010 report states that fewer than a third of the students who exercised school choice in Washington, D.C., in 2009-2010 wound up in “higher proficiency” schools and that parents tend to favor charter schools, even if their record is unproven or of lower proficiency. The report outlines ways greater federal support should be provided to charter schools and calls for better methods to compare all public schools.

Report |

The Evaluation of Charter School Impacts

The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Mathematics Policy Research, and Institute of Education Sciences offer this performance review of 36 charter middle schools using a rigorous large-scale randomized trial based on entrance lotteries. The team found that students and parents of students that attended charter schools were more satisfied by their schools than traditional public schools. However, the somewhat limited sample of schools did not yield any evidence suggesting charter schools out- or under-performed their peer institutions.

Brief |

Equity in Access to Charter Schools

In this research synthesis, the National Charter School Resource Center examines enrollment trends in charter schools and related equity issues. The research indicates where patterns of normal and hyper (or extreme) segregation exist and where the data are inconsistent to support such claims. The conclusion identifies areas for future policy research or action to address equity challenges.

Brief |

Student Achievement in Charter Schools

This brief from the National Charter School Resource Center, published in September 2010, provides guidance for practitioners and policymakers in navigating the body of recent research on student achievement in charter schools. The brief includes an accessible overview of rigorous charter school research published during the past five years and sources for additional information and summarizes research concepts that are imperative to an informed interpretation of the research findings.