About 230,000 students are attending better charter schools in the 2013-14 school year, according to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.
The finding was released as part of a report that details the association’s progress toward its One Million Lives campaign, which aims to allow 1 million children the opportunity to go to a better school by encouraging charter school authorizers to close failing schools and open high-quality ones. It is currently one year into the five-year effort.
In 2013, about 490 new charter schools were approved through a rigorous review process, and 206 low-performing charters closed, says the report. The association defines “rigorous review process” as one that meets at least four of five of its essential practices. Out of 642 charter school openings in 2013, 491 met that criteria.
A version of this article appeared in the March 12, 2014 edition of Education Week as Authorizer Group Announces Charter-Improvement Status