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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...

How Charter Schools are Staffing to Meet Student Needs

August 22, 2017 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

Today the National Center for Education Statistics released a First Look at the characteristics of public schools in the U.S. using data gathered by the 2015-16 National Teachers and Principal Survey. This is a nationally representative survey that includes samples for both public charter and traditional public schools. And, like the two previous releases of data from this survey, the results...

A Note on Charlottesville

August 16, 2017 | by Nina Rees |

The past few days have been difficult and horrifying—from Friday night’s terrifying torch march, to the grotesque murder of Heather Heyer, to the President’s astonishing remarks yesterday.

Good Data and Diverse Analysts: Necessities Within Education

August 10, 2017 | by Davis Taske |

Despite the many debates occurring within the education space, everyone can agree that students should come first. Within data work, putting students first means performing comprehensive, unbiased, and detailed analyses of data to understand how schools impact their students. Some of the most important factors to do this research include accessing the best data possible, making logical...

A First Look at Public School Leaders

August 08, 2017 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

The National Center for Education Statistics released a First Look at the data in 2015-16 National Teacher and Principals Survey (NTPS) and there are some interesting numbers in there. Because the tables break out principals in traditional public schools and principals in charter schools, they provide a chance to see where these leaders are similar and where they’re different.

New York City Charter Schools Lift Scores in Nearby Traditional Public Schools

August 04, 2017 | by Adam Gerstenfeld |

A new publication released by Temple University analyzes the spillover effects of public charter schools in New York City neighborhoods. The report by Sarah Cordes, titled “In Pursuit of the Common Good: The Spillover Effects of Charter Schools on Public School Students in New York City,” finds evidence that the closer a public charter is to a traditional public school, the higher traditional...

July Monthly Update

July 20, 2017 | by Nina Rees |

Like many of you, the team at the National Alliance is using the summer months to take stock of our successes over the past six months and plan ahead for improvements.

The FERPA Fear Factor

July 17, 2017 | by Adam Gerstenfeld |

Good researchers need good data. The National Alliance releases reports on charter school enrollment share and estimated charter school enrollment every year, and we depend on our state partners to collect and release necessary data so we can give appropriate policy recommendations.

Listening to Learn: How Collaboration and Interactive Technology Can Boost Student Success

June 08, 2017 | by Craig P. Anderson |

In the course of helping students succeed throughout the classroom-to-career journey, many of us confront a recurring irony. While worrisome, it serves as a good catalyst for thinking proactively about student success. By far, the biggest reason students cite for dropping out of college is difficulty with their personal finances. Regardless of the specific reason for leaving, most are in good...

I Will Continue to Keep My Head High

May 31, 2017 | by Diamond Walker |

This month, beginning with National Charter Schools Week, we will feature stories from charter school graduates from across the country. Check back every day to see a new student feature in our 30 Days of Grad series.

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