Twelve studies find that overall gains in charter schools are larger than other public schools; four find charter schools? gains higher in certain significant categories of schools; six find comparable gains; and, four find that charter schools? overall gains lagged behind traditional schools.
Source: Charter School Achievement: What We Know, July 2005 Update
Above you’ll find technical assistance grouped by category. Clicking on each topic will immediately link you to technical assistance resources tailored to that issue. While our selected topics do not cover every issue, we’ve tried to select the areas that are of key concern to the majority of our site users.
These resource lists do not include research or news. If you are looking for these items, visit our News or Research and Reports sections.
This list will link you to all issues related to accountability – from building an accountability system to gathering and using data for renewal.
To learn more about accountability issues, read our background brief on the topic and review our guide to the No Child Left Behind federal legislation.
This link will connect you to resources about accepting charter proposals, principles of good authorizing, tracking school success, and using data to make good decisions.
To learn more about authorizers’ issues, read our background brief.
Budget and Finance
Here you can access documents and organizations that help you to create a school budget, understand financial statements, survive an audit, and raise funds in your community.
To learn more about budget and finance issues, read our background brief on the topic. You can also find support on Accessing Federal Funds.
This link will provide you with resources to design your school’s learning environment, develop and finance your building, and implement creative facilities financing ideas.
To learn more about facilities issues, read our background brief on the topic.
Here you can access links for building your board, involving faculty and families in school policies, creating decision-making processes, and cultivating leadership.
Learn more about governing boards.
This link will provide you with resources to developing and implementing your recruitment plan, selecting strong staff, developing your faculty, evaluating your human resource program, and coaching.
For more guidance, link to our background brief on staffing for success.
Policies and Politics
This link will provide you with resources to help navigate and meet the demands of federal, state, and local legislation, and to create meaningful policies for charter schools and chartering. Learn more about legal issues
This section will link you to resources on how to serve students with special needs, meet the demands of federal legislation, and access funding for special education programs.
For regulatory and nonregulatory guidance on federal issues, access Guidance on Federal Programs.