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Charter Ranking Roulette: An Analysis of Reports That Grade States' Charter School Laws
By Kevin G. Welner and Wendy C. Chi

In this report, the authors analyze the different ranking systems used to grade each state's charter school legislation. In addition, authors offer their own ranking system to illustrate the arbitrariness of any given ranking system and to highlight some key charter school issues. They investigate the general, popular phenomenon of rankings in the field of education, exploring the benefits, drawback and appeal of such rankings.


Evaluating the Impact of Charter Schools on Student Achievement:
A Longitudinal Look at the Great Lakes States

Gary Miron, Chris Coryn, and Dawn M. Mackety
The Evaluation Center, Western Michigan University

This study looks at student achievement in math and reading in charter and traditional public schools over a five-year period in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The primary finding is that student achievement in charter schools in these six states is lower than in traditional public schools. The study also finds, however, that student achievement in charter schools is improving over time.

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Appendices to Evaluating the Impact of Charter Schools on Student Achievement:
A Longitudinal Look at the Great Lakes States

Teacher Attrition in Charter Schools
By Gary Miron and Brooks Applegate
Western Michigan University Evaluation Center

This study focuses on the reasons why teachers are leaving charter schools. It is based on analyses of data collected in surveys of charter school employees from around the country from 1997-2006. The authors found that while overall attrition rates fluctuate from year to year and state to state, as many as one in four charter school teachers leave each year- approximately double the traditional public school rate of 11 percent. Moreover, attrition among new teachers in charter schools is close to 40 percent annually.The authors contend that high attrition, "consumes resources of schools, impedes schools' efforts to build professional learning communities and positive, stable school cultures," and recommend that supporters of charters schools focus efforts on reducing teacher attrition.

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