Resources & Research

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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.

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2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Illinois Charter School Biennial Report

This 2009–2010 and 2010–2011 Illinois Charter School Biennial Report from the Illinois State Board of Education, dated January 2012, provides an overview of the state’s charter school landscape, including charter school academic performance and demographics, changes in the law, and results of a survey of charter schools regarding bonus pay.

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Nurturing School Minds

Mary Ann Zehr wrote this 2009 profile about a charter management organization, the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO). UNO maintains strict discipline for student conduct and behavior and uses a structured English immersion approach for their mostly Latino students.

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Charter Schools Gain Broad Support Nationally; Laws Evolve in Illinois and Wisconsin

This feature article from the Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center's October 2011 E-Newsletter offers a review of the charter school landscape in Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as in its national context.

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Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition

This study, conducted by RAND researchers, used student-level data to compare public charter schools in Chicago, San Diego, Philadelphia, Denver, Milwaukee, and the states of Ohio, Texas, and Florida, with traditional public schools.

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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.