New Study: 3 Ways to Tell If a Charter School Will Struggle Before It Even Opens Its Doors

What if a bad school can be stopped before it ever exists?

That’s not the plot of an education-themed sci-fi show, but the aspiration of a new Fordham Institute report attempting to identify “risk factors” that predict the failure of a charter school. The study, based on data from four states, concludes that charters are more likely to be low-performing when their application does not identify a principal, states a commitment to a “child-centered instructional model,” and indicates plans to serve disadvantaged students without providing individualized tutoring.


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