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Here you will find reports, research and articles covering various views on school choice issues, i.e. charters, magnets, vouchers.  Posting here does not indicate Georgia Partnership endorsement. Entries go back to 2012.  Broken links should be reported here.


New study finds charter schools have little effect on earnings
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

One argument for charter schools is that they provide a foundation for greater success in life, but a new study of young adults indicates that those who attended a charter school in Texas are not earning significantly more and in some cases are earning less. (August 17)

The Performance of State Charter Schools in Georgia, 2014-2015
Georgia State University

This report documents the performance of 15 state charter schools in the 2014-15 school year and also provides performance data for 2013-14 and 2012-13 for 13 the state charter schools, other than Georgia Cyber and Odyssey, which operated in 2014-15. Related story. Related story. (July 1)

After 25 Years, What's Ahead for Charter Schools?
National Public Radio

At its annual meeting, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is using the moment to call for a fresh look at how these innovative public schools are managed and how they're held accountable. (June 28)

A Call To Action - To Improve the Quality of Full-Time Virtual Public Schools
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

This report proposes specific policy recommendations to help states better hold full-time virtual charter schools accountable for student results. Introduction. Related story. (June 21)

On Negative Effects of Vouchers

Recent research on statewide voucher programs in Louisiana and Indiana has found that public school students that received vouchers to attend private schools subsequently scored lower on reading and math tests compared to similar students that remained in public schools. (May 31)

Has School Choice Been All It Set Out to Be?

As the movement slows, policymakers have the opportunity to explore whether school choice has improved education overall. (May 5)

50-State Comparison: Charter School Policies
Education Commission of the States

Charter school laws vary from state to state, and often differ on several important factors, such as who is allowed to authorize charter schools, how authorizers and charter schools are held accountable for student outcomes and whether the teachers in a charter school have to be certified. (February 2016)


These Charter Schools Tried to Turn Public Schools Into Big Business.  They Failed.
Columbia Journalism School's Teacher Project

More and more these days, Americans think about schools using the language of business. Superintendents are “CEOs.” Districts manage “portfolios” of schools. And pundits talk obsessively about American schools’ “competitiveness.” But... (December 2015)

Online Charter School Students Falling Behind Their Peers
Mathematica Policy Research/CRPE Reinventing Public Ed/CREDO

Innovative new research suggests that students of online charter schools had significantly weaker academic performance in math and reading, compared with their counterparts in conventional schools. (November 2015)

Choice, Information and Constrained Options - School Transfers in a Stratified Educational System
New York University

(This is the report abstract.  Payment is required for full report in the American Sociological Review.) Chicago study documents that fewer than 5 percent of students who transfer move to a high performing school. (September 2015)

Georgia's charter schools: Uneven results and delays in closing failing ones
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The AJC had a long front-page story this morning examining the state’s push for more charter schools despite their mixed record and the failure to close the ones that don’t live up to their contractual performance commitments. (July 2015)

The Performance of State Charter Schools in Georgia, 2013-2014
Governor's Office of Student Achievement and State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia

This report finds charters approved by the commission do not have a rousing track record of success, which could mean the initial wariness of the school boards was warranted.Or, the lackluster track record could signify these young schools are having growing pains and student performance might improve as the schools mature. Related story. Related story - (requires subscription.) (May 2015)

Urban Charter School Study
Center for Research on Education Outcomes - Stanford University

Across 41 regions, urban charter schools on average achieve significantly greater student success in both math and reading, which amounts to 40 additional days of learning growth in math and 28 days of additional growth in reading. IntroductionRelated story. (May 2015)


Teachers Win: A Case for School Choice
Texas Public Policy Foundation

Teachers' salaries would increase if states would introduce school choice, according to this study. Introduction.  Related story. (December 2014)

On the Road to Better Accountability - An Analysis of State Charter School Policies
National Association of Charter School Authorizers

This first-of-its-kind policy analysis describes, state by state, which state-level policies promote quality and accountability among charter schools and their authorizers. Introduction. (December 2014)

The Productivity of Public Charter Schools
School Choice Demonstration Project, Dept. of Education Reform, Univ. of Arkansas

This report represents the first-ever national study tying funding to student achievement and measuring the productivity of public charter schools relative to traditional public schools. Introduction. Related story. (July 2014)


National Charter School Study
CREDO - Center for Research on education Outcomes - Stanford University

Some are saying the study isn't a clear cut winfor charters. However, many view the findings as a helpful tool to ensure quality. (July 2013)

Distric//Charter Collaboration Compact
Center for Reinventing Public Education

CRPE tracks progress on agreements and reports on local political, legal, and financial barriers to collaboration, and also facilitates networking and problem-solving among participants.   Introduction. (July 2013)

Public Charter School Success:  A Summary of the Current Research on  Public Charters' Effectiveness at Improving Student Achievement 
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Several studies from major regions across the country since 2010 found positive academic performance results for students in public charter schools compared to their traditional public school peers, suggesting a strong upward trend. Related story. (April 2013)

In Service of Citizenship - YES Public Schools and Civic Education
AEI Program on American Citizenship

This policy brief is the fourth in a series of in-depth case studies exploring how high-performing charter schools have incorporated civic learning in their school curriculum and culture. (April 2013)

Governance in the Charter School Sector:  Time for a Reboot
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

When they first emerged more than two decades ago, charter schools represented an innovation in public school governance and much else. But maybe it's time now for some governance changes (April 2013)

School Choice Regulations: Red Tape or Red Herring?
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

This report explores the effect of government regulations on the participation of private schools in school choice programs such as vouchers and tax-credit scholarships. Related story - same story as above. (February 2013)

Charter School Growth and Replication
CREDO - Center for Research on Education Outcomes

Charter schools that start out doing poorly aren’t likely to improve, and charters that are successful from the beginning most often stay that way. Related story. (January 2013)


Charter School Performance in New Jersey
Stanford University - Center for Research on  Education Outcomes

Study finds New Jersey charter public schools significantly outperform their district school peers.  This provides first-ever in-depth examination of results for charter schools in New Jersey. Related – press release news article. (November 2012)

Learning from Successes and Failures of Charter Schools
Brookings Institute

This report examines charter schools across the quality spectrum in order to learn which practices separate high-achieving from low-achieving schools. An expansive data collection and analysis project in New York City charter schools served as the basis for this report. Related story. (October 2012) 

From A Single Charter School, A Movement Grows
National Public Radio

City Academy in St. Paul, Minn., became the nation's first publicly funded, privately run charter school when it opened its doors in 1992. Its founders had tried but failed to create new programs for struggling students in their own schools. Related story. (September 2012)

The Effects of School Vouchers On College Enrollment: Experimental Evidence from New York City
Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings and Harvard Kennedy School – Program on Education Policy and Governance

In the first study, using a randomized experiment to measure the impact of school vouchers on college enrollment, the researchers  examine the college-going behavior through 2011 of students who participated in a voucher experiment as elementary school students in the late 1990s. Related story. (September 2012)

The Impact of Charter Schools on Public and Private School Enrollments
Cato Institute

While most students are drawn from traditional public schools, charter schools are pulling large numbers of students from the private education market and present a potentially devastating impact on the private education market, as well as a serious increase in the financial burden on taxpayers. Here's the report.  (August 2012)