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Ark, Tom Vander – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2013
It is time to rethink charter school authorization. There are approximately 5,000 charter schools in the United States (about 5 percent of schools) and a push from parents and the Department of Education for more. Given that many charters authorized during the initial wave of charter applications have not proven themselves to be any better than…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Innovation, Educational Change, Community Support
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2012
Charter school authorizing is a powerful strategy for making excellent public schools and educational opportunities available to all students. Done well, charter authorizing increases student achievement by expanding the supply of quality public schools to satisfy unmet needs--particularly by providing life-changing opportunities for students…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Opportunities, Charter Schools, Guidance
Mead, Sara – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2012
Charter schools have moved from being widely viewed as a marginal force in public education reform to taking on a central role in our national, state, and local debates around improving education. And a growing number of policymakers--including superintendents, mayors, governors, and even U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan--are using…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Change, Public Education, School Administration
Watson, John; Rapp, Chris – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
Online charter schools are one key subset of the K-12 online education landscape, which also includes state virtual schools, district-level online programs, private providers of both individual courses and entire schools, and others. As of late 2010, online and blended charter schools existed in more than 20 states, serving more than 100,000…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Administration, Virtual Classrooms, Electronic Learning
Lin, Margaret – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
Charter schools emerged in the early 1990s as a strategy for improving student learning and increasing quality educational options, often for underserved students and communities. The charter school idea centers on the promise of increased autonomy for accountability for results. Thus, the charter movement has helped to lead the charge--and has…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Accountability, Educational Quality, Disadvantaged Youth
Ernst, Jody; Wenning, Richard – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
Over the past several years, student growth and growth models have received a lot of attention, in both the charter school sector and the larger education community, as an important indicator for measuring school quality. Educators and policy makers alike have been won over by the argument that because measures of student growth examine the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Indicators, Academic Achievement, Accountability
O'Neill, Paul T. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2006
The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 ("NCLB" or "the Act") defines an aggressive, ambitious and multi-faceted approach for increasing student achievement and closing the achievement gap. Premised on the correlation between student academic achievement and teacher quality, NCLB demands that all students, regardless of…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Credentials, Compliance (Legal)
Haft, William – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2004
The charter renewal decision is one of the most significant high stakes decision in public education. It determines the continuing existence or termination of a school. It has the potential to be a celebration of the accomplishments and success of a school--and its students--that was built from the ground up a few years earlier. In some sense, the…
Descriptors: Institutional Evaluation, State Legislation, Accountability, Charter Schools
Haft, William; Cass, Rebecca – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2004
On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly known as No Child Left Behind ("NCLB"). This law dramatically affects how all schools, including charter schools, are held accountable for the academic performance of their students. Since the passage of NCLB,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Charter Schools, Accountability, Academic Achievement