New National Alliance Report Ranks State Charter School Movements on Growth, Quality, and Innovation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. Today the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools unveiled a new report that ranks the health of the charter school movement in 26 states, including the District of Columbia. The report focuses on key factors such as growth, quality, and innovation that are essential to ensuring a strong public charter school movement.

The Health of the Public Charter School Movement: A State-by-State Analysis is a companion to the National Alliances annual ranking of state charter school laws. This new annual report utilizes 11 different indicators to measure how a states charter schools are performing, innovating, and growing.

"This report provides a helpful framework for determining the overall health of the charter school movement in each state," said National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees. "We are pleased to expand our work to address the question of how states are growing and strengthening their public charter schools and expect that this report will become a meaningful benchmark for the charter school movement each year."

"This report represents the first comprehensive attempt to address the relationship between a state's ranking in our state charter laws ranking report and the health of that state's charter school movement," said report author and Senior Vice President for State Advocacy and Support, Todd Ziebarth. "Overall, there is much to celebrate about the health of the public charter school movement. However, continued efforts to strengthen the movement are essential, even in those places where it is relatively strong."

In the first-ever rankings, Washington, D.C. and Louisiana topped the list while Nevada and Oregon found themselves at the bottom.

The National Alliance will unveil the report this afternoon at a joint event with the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in Washington, D.C. The event will feature a live panel with report author Todd Ziebarth; Mike Petrilli, President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute; Kenneth Campbell, President of the Black Alliance for Educational Options; and Scott Pearson, Executive Director of DC Public Charter School Board. Those not in the D.C. area are welcome to view the panel via live-stream at publiccharters.org/chartermovement and may tweet in comments and questions using the hashtag #CharterMovement.

Click here to download the Health of the Public Charter School Movement: A State-by-State Analysis.

About Public Charter Schools

Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, all but one independent research study has found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.

About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit our website at www.publiccharters.org.