Report makes recommendations for building a policy environment to increase the prevalence and impact of high-quality charter schools.
Report: Trends, Possible Improvements in School Quality Rating Systems
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.
Searching for Excellence: A Five-City, Cross-State Comparison of Charter School Quality
Report compares charter performance in Albany, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, and Indianapolis.
Better Choices: Charter Incubation as a Strategy for Improving the Charter School Sector
Report explores current experience with charter incubation and the local policies and funding needed to create and sustain healthy markets for successful incubators.
Going Exponential: Growing the Charter School Sector’s Best
Report provides breakthrough solutions for growing the best charter schools and charter management organizations.
Charter School Replication: Growing a Quality Charter School Sector
Guides makes recommendations to state policymakers for promoting replication of successful charter schools.
Friendly Competition Does the presence of charters spur public schools to improve?
By Bryan Hassel; first published in Education Next. Everyone has read the ubiquitous feature story about a charter school–Jane and John Q. Public and their friends, sitting around somebody’s kitchen table, dream up a different kind of school for their kids. Putting in hours of sweat equity, charging start-up costs to their credit cards, maybe […]
Charting a Clear Course: A Resource Guide for Building Successful Partnerships between Charter Schools and School Management Organizations
Resource guide aims to help charter school boards forge successful relationships with school management organizations.
Supporting Charter School Excellence Through Quality Authorizing
Report highlights eight charter school authorizers that are advancing the quality and growth of charter schools across the country.