Robin Lake looks at the progress charter authorizers have made on accountability, and says there's still much work to be done.
Charter Schools and Public School Choice
Charter schools offer the potential to create high-performing public schools in districts typically plagued by poor student outcomes. Too often, however, the charter school debate is marred by biased research and polemics. Like all important reform efforts, credible research and analysis must accompany innovation.
To find out whether charter schools are fulfilling their mission, we rigorously evaluate their performance, costs, and ability to address unique student needs. New data and evidence help innovators across the country to collaborate, communicate, and develop best practices.
Current work: Charter Schools and Special Education Enrollment
This study explores why charter schools tend to enroll fewer special education students.
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Current work: Effects of Unified Enrollment Systems
This study analyzes the design and implementation of unified enrollment systems in Denver Public Schools and the Recovery School District in New Orleans—two districts that have led the way in designing enrollment systems that include all district and charter schools. CRPE will also study the planning process underway to create a similar enrollment system in Philadelphia.
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Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2012
This year's edition focuses on growth and innovation and pushes charter school leaders to consider whether they are fully using their flexibility and autonomy on behalf of students.
Key Issues in Studying Charter Schools and Achievement: A Review and Suggestions for National Guidelines
This white paper from the Charter School Achievement Consensus Panel examines the existing research on student achievement in charter schools and details how future research could be improved.
Charter Schools and Accountability in Public Education
Aimed toward elected officials, school reform activists, and educators, this book is the result of the first national-scale study of charter school accountability.
Inside Charter Schools: Unlocking Doors to Student Success
This final report from the four-year Inside Charter Schools initiative examines how charter schools differentiate themselves from traditional public schools to attract students and families and how they recruit and manage their staff.