Charter Studies

Charter schools have been offering educational choices to families across the nation for over two decades.

Simultaneously, the charter school movement has received criticism in many states, with supporters praising the charters’ autonomy and opponents protesting the allocation of public school resources to charters. Only a fraction of the debate is grounded in well-researched evidence about charter school practices and their impact on student outcomes.

The need for evidence about charter school performance persists. CREDO continues to expand the evidence base with systematic research on charter school performance across the country.

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Charter Schools’ Response to the Pandemic in California, New York and Washington State

02/15/2022

Charter schools in California, New York, and Washington state show standing capacity to adapt. New research on charter schools’ reveals a larger story of how education policy at large...
Charter School Performance in the State of Washington

08/30/2020

Washington’s charter schools a plus for English language learners but neutral on average for most students. The average charter school student in Washington state demonstrated academic growth in reading...
Charter School Performance in South Carolina 2019

08/30/2019

Charter school students on average fall behind peers in math 1. The typical charter school student in South Carolina experienced similar learning gains in reading and weaker growth in...
Charter School Performance in New Mexico

08/29/2019

Charter schools on average improve to the level of traditional public schools In a year’s time, the typical charter school student in New Mexico made similar progress in both...
Charter School Performance in Pennsylvania

08/28/2019

Online charters serve students poorly compared to other schools During four school years ending in 2016-17, Pennsylvania charter school students made similar progress in reading and weaker growth in...
Charter School Impacts in Idaho

08/26/2019

Idaho charter school successes particularly notable in rural areas On average, students in Idaho charter schools experienced similar learning gains in math and stronger learning gains in reading compared...
Charter School Performance in Ohio

08/25/2019

Charter school performance rated before and after HB 2 legislation Typical charter school students in Ohio made similar progress in reading and weaker growth in math compared to their...
Charter School Performance in the State of Washington

08/23/2019

Charter school students on par with traditional public schools in reading, math Public charter school students in Washington State experienced annual growth in reading and math on par with...
An Evaluation of the i3 Validation Grant: Scaling the New Orleans Charter Restart Model

08/30/2018

Full report Date: 02/2018 In 2010, New Schools for New Orleans and the Louisiana Recovery School District received a U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) Validation grant to...

“The CREDO report last week was absolutely a wake-up call, even if you dispute some of its conclusions or its language. The charter movement is putting itself at risk by allowing too many second-rates and even third-rate schools to continue to exist. Your goal should always be quality, not quantity.”

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools National Conference, June 2009

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