The State of the Charter Sector: What You Need to Know About the Charter Sector Today

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Bellwether Education Partners (Bellwether) summarizes policies and trends and the current status of charter schools in the United States in this January 2019 presentation. The data in the presentation is from trusted sources, including the federal government and Bellwether analyses. The resource provides interesting and basic facts, definitions, and trends about the charter sector, including data on the number of charter schools and students served; information on the largest charter management organizations (CMOs) operating around the country; and trends in charter school opening and closure rates. Other interesting information includes,

  • A proposed general theory of action for how the charter sector could impact student and system outcomes (Slide 7)
  • Trends in the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch served by the charter sector since 2005 (Slide 19)
  • Descriptions of types of charter schools and types of charter school operators (Slide 28)
  • Information on the trends and scope of enrollment in high-performing charter schools (Slides 29-31)
  • A review of the state of outcome research on charter schools (Slides 38-61)