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Charter School Achievement: What We Know

National Alliance

To provide a full and fair picture of how charter schools are actually performing, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools commissioned in July 2005 an extensive review of the available research on charter school achievement.

“Charter School Achievement: What We Know,” is the fifth annual review of studies on public charter school academic performance.

The report reviewed 140 individual studies and found evidence that many charter schools are helping to increase academic performance, graduation rates and college matriculation. It warned, however, that research is not keeping pace with the growth of charter schools and that more must be done to eliminate the gaps in research and gain clear insights into achievement.

Previous editions:

  • “Charter School Achievement: What We Know” (Fourth Edition) - 2007
  • “Studying Achievement in Charter Schools: What Do We Know” - 2005