Charter High Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap
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Appendix B: Resources

Charter Schools

The U.S. Charter Schools Web site provides a wide range of information and links to resources to guide charter schools in every phase of their development—from start-up to expansion, to renewal. The site includes a national calendar of events and a community-exchange feature.

The Education Commission of the States includes both charter schools and charter districts as issue topics on its Web site. The site includes a searchable database on high school research and high school policy topics, including closing the achievement gap.

Based at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, the National Charter School Research Project is developing a database of studies on charter school achievement and collecting charter school data from the states. This project is generating several research studies, focusing on student achievement in charter schools and on building capacity to scale-up charter schools.

Education/Evolving is a Minnesota organization working to help create and sustain an "open sector" in public education—a "space" in public education for new schools that are started from scratch by teachers, parents, community organizations, and multi-school networks. Change strategies including fiscal, organizational, and policy changes are highlighted on this Web site.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Web site provides a variety of online publications related to charter school development, policies, and performance, a charter blog, and a database for comparing charter school policies.

The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation provides links to major studies and to over 50 other organizations' Web sites in the area of charter schools and choice.

The Center for Education Reform provides up-to-date reports on charter schools and choice activity around the country. The Web site also links to "fast facts" and resources designed with parents in mind. A searchable database identifies resources and charter schools in each state.

The Office of Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education operates the Public Charter Schools Program, which supports the planning, development and initial implementation of charter schools. Other grants target support for charter school facilities.

Achievement Gap

The Education Trust Web site provides reports, resources, data, and policy information about the achievement gap.

SchoolMatters is a Web site by Standard & Poor's that provides national-, state-, district-, and school-level information about school demographics and student achievement. It includes a search tool to identify charter schools and another tool to compare their data to those of other district and state schools.

High School Reform

The National Conference of State Legislatures Web site contains links to information and a tool kit for legislators about high school reform policy, research, and recommendations to improve high schools.

The National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) provides information on high school improvement for states, districts, and regional comprehensive centers. Research on high school improvement is available from this site as well as a map of regional comprehensive centers and contact information for technical assistance liaisons.

Comprehensive School Reform

This Web site contains information and a clearinghouse of resources compiled by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory regarding comprehensive school reform.

The National High School Alliance is a partnership of nearly 50 organizations working on high school youth advancement issues. This Web site includes links to reports about high school reform.

Based at Stanford University, the School Redesign Network Web site provides resources and information about research on small schools and redesign of schools into small learning communities. The site also provides links to organizations that support school redesign.

EdVisions, an intermediary organization that emerged from the development of the Minnesota New Country School, works with communities to develop effective small schools that are teacher-led and that primarily use project-based learning to help students prepare for success in college and other postsecondary efforts.

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