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A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter Public School Communities and Their Impact on Student Outcomes

National Alliance

Charter school student enrollment has tripled to 2.9 million students over the past 11 years, according to the latest National Alliance report, A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities and Their Impact on Student Outcomes. Three in 10 students now attend a charter public school in 17 mostly urban school districts across the country.

For the first time this year, the annual enrollment share report also looks at student performance data and found that in districts where at least 30 percent of students are enrolled in charter schools, nearly all (14 of 16) had a higher percentage of test takers who scored proficient on state tests than did their district counterparts. Results are equally strong for economically disadvantaged charter school students. As parent demand for charter schools continues to strengthen, this year’s A Growing Movement report shows that the charter school movement continues to expand to meet that demand and that, more importantly, charter schools are delivering results for students across the country.