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Polls Find Demand for Charter Schools Continues to Exceed Supply

November 29, 2017 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

EdChoice just released its latest survey on K-12 education, parent experiences, and school choice and one thing is clear – parent demand for charter schools continues to exceed the supply. According to this survey, if they could select any type of school, 16 percent of parents would select a charter school in order to obtain the best education for their child. (Bear in mind, that just six...

Key Findings from CREDO’s CMO Study

September 26, 2017 | by National Alliance |

This summer, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) released their latest report on charter school networks and management organizations. CREDO’s study utilizes student-level data from 25 states and Washington D.C. to determine the average rate of math and reading growth for 240 Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) and 54 Vendor Operated School Networks (VOS Networks) between...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Charter Schools Can Help Renew America’s Cities

March 21, 2017 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

One thing is clear, today’s parents want, and expect, to choose their child’s public school. As this expectation has emerged and solidified in the last couple of decades with the availability of charter schools, a body of research has grown around the impact that a parent’s choice has on their student’s academic performance. Improving school outcomes for students is the obvious rationale for...

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