Publications

lead image

Charter laws 2010_2013

Assessing the Increasing Strength of Charter Laws Between 2010 and 2013

Since it was founded in 2005, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has advocated for high-quality public charter school laws.
free to succeed

Free to Succeed: Public Charter Schools & the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

The fundamental principle underlying the creation of public charter schools is that offering educators greater freedom to innovate in exchange for higher levels of accountability leads to greater student achievement.
Instructional Delivery and Focus of Public Charter Schools

Instructional Delivery and Focus of Public Charter Schools: Results from the NAPCS National Charter School Survey, School Year 2011-2012

During the spring of 2012, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) conducted its first national public charter school survey.
Success

Public Charter Schools Success: A Summary of the Current Research on Public Charters' Effectiveness at Improving Student Achievement

This report provides summaries of new public charter school studies released since 2010.
ELL

Serving English Language Learners: A Toolkit for Public Charter Schools

The growth of public charter schools has coincided with the rapid growth of English Language Learner (ELL) students. While the total public school population increased by three percent from the 2000-01 to 2009-10 school years, the number of ELL students increased by 27 percent.
Measuring Up to the Model

Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws, 2013

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) is pleased to release its annual rankings of state charter school laws across the country, which found that many states took significant steps to strengthen their state laws.
2012-2013 Estimated Number of Charter Schools & Students

Estimated Number of Public Charter Schools and Students, Dashboard Data from 2012-2013

Twenty years after the first charter school opened in St. Paul, MN, the sector continues to grow. Over 500 new public charter schools opened their doors for the 2012-2013 school year.
A Growing Movement

A Growing Movement: America's Largest Charter School Communities, Seventh Edition

For the past 20 years, the public charter school movement has been a leader in innovation and education reform.
accident of history

An Accident of History: Breaking the District Monopoly on Public School Facilities

Traditional public school districts hold a monopoly over the financing and ownership of public education facilities. With rare exceptions, public charter schools have no legal claim to these buildings. This monopoly is an accident of history.
Borrowing With Tax-Exempt Bonds, Second Edition

Borrowing With Tax-Exempt Bonds, Second Edition

The public charter school movement has evolved for two decades, yet the challenge of securing affordable facilities continues to confront nearly every charter school.
Fulfilling the Compact

Fulfilling the Compact: Building a Breakthrough, Results-Driven Public Charter School Sector

In 2005, the Task Force on Charter School Quality and Accountability issued, Renewing the Compact, a position statement for the charter school sector that presented recommendations for achieving the goals of growth and quality.

Details from the Dashboard: Charter School Race/Ethnicity Demographics

In this Details from the Dashboard report, we examine race/ethnicity breakouts for public charter schools and traditional public schools at the state and the school district level.