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
Steps to Starting a Charter School
Provides an overview of several common stages in the charter school development process, along with numerous helpful resources for starting a charter school.
Case Study of a Charter School
Captures the key strategies and day-to-day challenges in starting and running a charter school.
Developing a Mission Statement
Provides tips and examples to assist charter school developers in conceptualizing, writing, and revising their mission statement, one of the most important documents in the school.
Accountability: Standards, Assessment, & Using Data
Provides an overview of the basic components of an accountability plan, as well as an extensive list of resources for more detailed guidance on specific topics.
Budget, Finance, and Fundraising
Provides information and resources related to charter school budgets, financial management, and fundraising.
Educational Program Design
Provides links to numerous resources relating to elements of the educational program-- from curriculum and instruction, to accountability, professional development, equity, and technology.
Offers an outline of steps to follow to secure school facilities, along with examples of creative facility solutions and links to resources on finding and financing facilities.
Family-Friendly Charter Schools
Provides information and resources for charter developers, boards of directors, and staff on creating charter schools that are deeply connected to their communities.
Provides charter developers information and resources on how to build and maintain an effective board of directors.
Human Resources: Staffing for Success
Helps charter leaders think creatively about their use of organizational structure, recruitment, selection, goal-setting, coaching and development, evaluation, and rewards to achieve their missions.
Provides an outline of federal, state, and local legal issues for charter operators to consider.
Information for Charter Authorizers
Provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of charter authorizers, lists resources for charter-granting agents, and supports the National Association of Charter Authorizers by providing a place to share documents.