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Charter School Laws

By Mary C. Breaden — February 19, 2008 1 min read

Charter Ranking Roulette: An Analysis of Reports That Grade States’ Charter School Laws

The ways in which most think tanks and researchers rank charter school laws are flawed, and charter school ranking systems should be designed to evaluate how well schools measure up to the original mission of the movement, suggests a report by two researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

States should be rewarded for working to meet each charter school’s goals, argues the report, which also suggests that research organizations consider whether states are succeeding in providing curricular innovation and support for academically at-risk students when ranking charter schools.

The authors of the report also include their own state-by-state charter school ranking, using data from academic journals, nonprofit organizations, and newspapers.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 20, 2008 edition of Education Week

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