Report highlights the experience of two nonselective virtual charter schools making online schooling work for their student.
In general, virtual charter schools have had poor outcomes. A 2015 study from CREDO (the Center for Research on Education Outcomes) found that, on average, students enrolled in online charter schools lost 180 days of learning in math and 72 days of learning in reading compared to similar students in brick-and-mortar schools. But virtual schools […]
Charter schools frequently confront inadequate facility funding, few affordable and suitable buildings, inadequate facility expertise among charter founders, and gradual expansion of enrollment and grade levels that requires more or new space. Charter school facility incubators provide affordable, short-term space for new and growing charter schools. In a new report, Charter School Facility Incubators: A […]
In 2000, IDEA Public Schools opened its first campus on the U.S.-Mexico border. Today, IDEA operates 79 schools serving 45,000 students in six regions, proving that it’s possible to grow rapidly while maintaining quality. And IDEA plans to keep its foot on the gas. It’s on track to enroll 100,000 students by 2022, and one […]
Report illuminates how districts are implementing autonomous district schools to gain charter-like flexibilities and opportunities.
Report describes how IDEA continues to expand and thrive as the charter sector slows.
For too many children in and around Las Vegas, getting a great education has been a losing bet. As their Clark County School District exploded to become the country’s fifth-largest district, poor and minority students found themselves shut out of its top schools and concentrated in the county’s lowest-performing district and public charter schools. And […]
In just five years, Tennessee went from 29 charter schools and six charter management organizations (CMOs) serving 5,500 kids to 98 schools and 24 CMOs serving 29,000 students—while emphasizing the need to replicate high-performing and high-potential charters in underserved communities. How did Tennessee do it, and what lessons can other education leaders learn from this state?
As we document in Public Impact’s new report for the Charter School Growth Fund, Growing a High-Quality Charter Sector: Lessons from Tennessee, the state benefitted from the convergence of favorable policy conditions, political leadership, public-private grants, and an existing supply of local high-quality charter operators. That created an environment for the Tennessee Charter School Incubator and the Charter School Growth Fund to carry out unique philanthropically supported strategies focused on identifying and developing promising new school leaders and expanding high-performing CMOs in Memphis and Nashville. Though the state has too little data yet to fully judge the impact on student achievement, early academic results are promising, and the newest charter schools are predominantly run by organizations with a record of success.
Report describes how favorable policy conditions, political leadership, and public-private grants accelerated the growth of high-quality charter schools in Memphis and Nashville.
Report makes recommendations for building a policy environment to increase the prevalence and impact of high-quality charter schools.
The rating systems inventoried included some from state departments of education, large public school districts, charter associations and authorizers, and private news and advocacy organizations. Among the trends they found among the systems were:
- the inclusion of student growth, useful for evaluating a school’s quality based on its students’ progress–a new standard, the authors say, for quality rating systems.
- the expansion of college- and career-readiness measures–going beyond graduation rates to include important, new indicators.
- an exploration of new ways to focus attention on the lowest-performing students–as the authors say, “great schools are great for all students in the building.”
- an interest in valid measures of student engagement–although systems focus on academic outcomes, some try to capture school culture as well.
- simplified reporting formats to categorize school quality.
- an increase in data transparency and public accessibility–so that a rating system can be judged not just by its accuracy, but by how available its data is to users.
Report compares charter performance in Albany, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, and Indianapolis.