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Kevin Hesla

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Data Quality Matters and Data Reporting Errors Have Real Consequences

June 01, 2018 | by Kevin Hesla |

Parents, policy makers, and stakeholders rely on research and data and to help them make decisions, allocate resources, and develop new programs, laws, and policies—all with the intention of improving student outcomes and opportunities. 

Hundreds of Charter School Deserts Stifle Public School Choice

April 26, 2018 | by Kevin Hesla |

Despite all the current rhetoric, it is important to remember that parents across the county are overwhelmingly supportive of public school choice. In fact, regardless of race/ethnicity, income, party affiliation, or geography – more than 70 percent of parents support public school choice. In 2017-18, more than 7,000 charter schools serve nearly 3.2 million students in 43 states, the District...

Elements of Successful Charter School Authorizing

February 27, 2018 | by Kevin Hesla |
Strong, thoughtful, and visionary authorizers and authorizing practices are absolutely essential to the continued growth and health of the charter school movement – a movement which aims to provide expanded opportunities to millions of students while also positively reshaping the larger public education landscape. Based on recent national surveys, 16 to 17 percent of parents would choose a...

Top 5 Facilities Struggles for Charter Schools

December 13, 2017 | by Kevin Hesla |

Phi Delta Kappan (PDK) recently found that 17 percent of parents would choose a public charter school for their child if location and capacity were not an issue. And just last month, EdChoice found that 16 percent of parents would like to send their child to a public charter school—which is up nine percentage points since 2013. Together, these two surveys indicate that the potential number of...

Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and Traditional Public Schools

September 20, 2017 | by Kevin Hesla |

David Griffith, Senior Research and Policy Associate at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, has released a new study that analyzes teacher absenteeism in public schools amidst renewed interest in this public policy issue as states formulate and submit their new ESSA accountability plans. Many states plan on using chronic student absenteeism as a measure of school quality—but what (this study...

School Closures Are Just One Part of Building a Better Public School System

August 24, 2017 | by Kevin Hesla |

The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University released their new study on public school closures titled “Lights Off: Practice and Impact of Closing Low-Performing Schools.” Utilizing student-level data from 26 states, CREDO looked at the performance of schools before they closed and the impact on displaced students after their school closed. Between 2006-07 and...

Chicago Charter Schools Are Bridging the City’s College Divide

March 10, 2017 | by Kevin Hesla |

A college degree matters more than ever in today’s economy, and bridging the gap in college enrollment isn’t just an equity issue—it’s also an economic development issue. According to a recent report from Georgetown University, virtually all of the 11.6 million new jobs that have been created since the great recession have gone to workers with at least some college education and 72 percent of...

Ohio Charter Schools Face Major Facilities Challenges

February 23, 2017 | by Kevin Hesla |

During the 2014-15 school year, the National Charter School Resource Center, the Colorado League of Charter Schools (the League), the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools collaborated to collect data and information about charter school facilities and facilities expenditures in the state of Ohio. A recently released report, An Analysis...

Different by Design: A Review of Three Papers by Nat Malkus

February 07, 2017 | by Kevin Hesla |

Over the past six months, Nat Malkus from the American Enterprise Institute published a series of three papers that compare charter public schools with district public schools by looking at differences in their demographics, proficiency rates, and suspension rates: Differences on Balance, Unlike Their Neighbors, and Differences by Design. Malkus’ work is the first of its kind to study this...

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