Public Charter Movement is Healthy and Growing Nationwide

Yesterday, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) released a new study examining charter schools state-by-state and analyzed the overall health of the charter movement across the country at an event at the Fordham Institute.

Using a system of 11 different indicators of growth, innovation, and quality, such as the public school share of charters, geographic distribution of schools, students in special populations, innovative practices and additional days of learning, each state received a score reflective of their overall charter health out of 116 possible points.

The analysis focused on the 26 states that met two criteria: their charter school movement served at least one percent of their public schools students in 2013-14 and they participated in the Center for Research on Education Outcomes’ 2013 National Charter School Study.

The NAPCS findings show Washington, D.C. has the healthiest charter movement, followed by Louisiana and Michigan.

Out of the top 15 states in NAPCS’ rankings, 40% of them also have successful private school choice programs – showing that embracing all forms of choice can create successful schools and outcomes for students.

See the full panel discussing the newly released research: