Just 14 years since their inception, public charter schools are thriving. There are now over 3,600 charter schools serving more than a million children across 40 states and the District of Columbia. In city after city, charter schools rank among the best public schools.
A state-by-state look at the number of charter schools and the number of students they serve.
Last October, charter supporters received some good news upon the release of the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), otherwise known as "The Nation's Report Card." Since the report received scant media attention (reporters still seem to be consulting the less impressive 2003
Growth and Quality in the Charter School Movement: 2006 Dashboard
Without more clarity, districts and states could simply slap the charter label on chronically low performing schools without changing much else including student results.
The Alliance has released the first of its 2006 Issue Briefs, titled "Stunting Growth: The Impact of State-Imposed Caps on Charter Schools." This report identifies the states with legislated limits on charter school growth and documents the impact these laws have on families seeking high quality
This summer, the Alliance gathered some of the nation's top charter school leaders and education reform experts to consider and prepare for the next generation of the charter school movement. The event was extremely productive and thought-provoking.
Issue brief from the Education Commission of the States to help policymakers think through what kind of alternative authorizing structures may make sense for their states.
A growing body of research shows that the performance of most charter schools is strong and improving over time with some achieving spectacular results.
The Alliance released a data-rich report that provides timely, valuable information on key elements of the charter movement: growth, academic achievement, accountability, public opinion, and policy. The report also features a dashboard, to be updated annually with indicators of progress.