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.
Commentary on 38 comparative analyses of charter and district performance, including a study-by-study look at central findings and methodological strengths and weaknesses.
This report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute is the first significant study of the organizations that authorize charter schools.