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America's Charter Schools

Image of children in a classroom setting from the Executive Summary section of the NAEP America's Charter Schools report.


The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) conducted a pilot study of America's charter schools and their students as part of the 2003 NAEP assessments in reading and mathematics at the fourth-grade level. Charter schools are public schools of choice. They serve as alternatives to the regular public schools to which students are assigned. While there are many similarities between charter schools and other public schools, they do differ in some important ways, including the makeup of the student population and their location. More

NAEP Reports on Charter Schools 

Charter School PDF ReportNCES has released two reports analyzing the performance of charter schools.

The initial report compares charter and public noncharter schools. Browse the executive summary or download the full report: America's Charter Schools.

The second analysis uses hierarchical linear models (HLMs) to examine differences between the two types of schools when multiple student and/or school characteristics are taken into account. Browse the executive summary or download the full report: A Closer Look at Charter Schools Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling.


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Results From the NAEP Charter School Pilot Study

NAEP surveyed participating charter schools about their practices, structure, and governance. View the Charter School Survey (22K PDF) and related results for reading and mathematics.

Explore NAEP charter school performance results in the NAEP Data Explorer.

Last updated 11 August 2006 (RF)

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