Examining the research on charter schools 
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has released a new topic area that focuses on the impact of charter schools on student achievement and other outcomes. As part of the launch, the WWC released three intervention reports, which review available research on an intervention or program to determine if there is strong evidence that it has a positive impact on student outcomes.
 
The intervention reports examine the following three programs:
  • Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a non-profit network of more than 200 public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. According to the WWC intervention report, research shows that KIPP had positive effects on mathematics achievement and English language arts achievement, and potentially positive effects on science achievement and social studies achievement for middle and high school students, and no discernible effects on student progression (e.g., high school graduation within 4 years of grade 9 entry) for high school students.
  • Green Dot Public Schools, a non-profit organization that operates more than 20 public charter middle and high schools in California, Tennessee, and Washington. The WWC reports that Green Dot Public Schools had potentially positive effects on mathematics achievement, student progression, school attendance, and English language arts achievement for high school students.
  • Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) Promise Academy Charter Schools, a non-profit organization designed to serve low-income children and families living in Harlem in New York City. According to the intervention report, the WWC is unable to draw any conclusions based on available research about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the HCZ Promise Academy Charter Schools on elementary, middle, and high school students. Research that meets WWC design standards is needed to determine the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of this intervention.

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