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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. The public charter school student performance studies examined in this report are studies that use…
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…
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…
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. Compared…
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. By unleashing an environment of creativity in states and communities, charter…
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…
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. The landscape of solutions…
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…

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. The data in…
mission to serve

A Mission to Serve: How Public Charter Schools Are Designed to Meet the Diverse Demands of Our Communities

The public charter school movement has grown rapidly in the 20 years since the first public charter school opened in 1992, with over 5,600 schools now serving more than two million students. One…
CMO and EMO Public Charter Schools

CMO and EMO Public Charter Schools: Interactive Data Tool

The interactive data tool (preview below) allows users to control the type of information presented in graphical form. Choose a data metric from the list (for example, Total # of CMOs); click on a…
Details from the Dashboard

Details from the Dashboard: Charter Schools by Geographic Region

While a majority of charter schools nationwide operate in urban and suburban areas, charter schools exist in all corners of the nation, and are expanding into all types of communities. This …