Charter Schools: Are They Effective?

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U.S. Department of Education

This national evaluation of charter schools addressed questions about the impacts of charter schools on students' achievement, students' school success, and parents' satisfaction.

Designed to free educators from bureaucratic regulations and encourage innovations, charter schools are public schools that have been granted autonomy over their operations. They operate under a contract, or charter, with their state that specifies the conditions under which a school can operate and holds the school accountable for meeting certain terms, such as improving student performance. Since their inception in 1992, charter schools have played an important part in education reform. Today, there are more than 6,000 charter schools across 42 states and the District of Columbia.

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