Quality Seen as Job One for Charters
Sector Explores Ways to Spur Rising Tide of Strong Results
When President Barack Obama pledged on the campaign trail last September to step up federal aid for "successful" charter schools, he was touching on a matter of mounting concern: how to ensure better and more consistent quality across the growing charter sector.
Amid worry about the mixed academic results for charter schools—and a belief that too many chronic low performers remain open—a variety of efforts are emerging to tackle the issue of quality.
The focus on charter quality comes a quarter-century after A Nation at Risk declared that a "rising tide of mediocrity" was eroding U.S. education. While the 1983 report didn’t advocate creating charter schools, which emerged in the early 1990s, it aimed to "generate reform of our educational...
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