Charter School Laws Across the States 2015: Rankings and Scorecards

Strong charter laws feature independent, multiple authorizers, few limits on expansion, equitable funding, and high levels of school autonomy. CER’s rankings take into consideration not only the policy itself, but how that policy plays out on the ground and whether it can withstand the test of time and people. For instance, a law might look great in theory, but you cannot responsibly evaluate the quality of the law if no schools have opened. Similarly, many states that appear to have all of the critical components of a strong law struggle with the implementation of key provisions that ensure the highest levels of success.