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Each year, we rank states on how their charter school laws align to our model law.
Model Law Report Graphic
The 2017 rankings reflect new provisions regarding flexibility, accountability, and equity and the steps many states took in 2016 to strengthen their laws and foster a landscape of high-quality charter schools.
model 8
In this revised version of the National Alliance's model charter school law, the policies outlined would increase the focus of state-level charter school laws on creating high-quality charter schools while holding underperforming schools and authorizers accountable.
A new model law 2
This report measures movement growth, innovation, and quality, while this year doubling the number of quality measures we looked at in our first edition.

The Health of the Public Charter School Movement: A State-by-State Analysis is a companion to the National Alliance's annual rankings of state charter school laws.


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

Charter laws 2010_2013

Responding to a request from top Ohio elected officials, the Thomas B.

Turning the Corner to Quality

This report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute is the first significant study of the organizations that authorize charter schools.

Are States Making the Grade?