The table below rates the various partners (from 1-5, 1 being very poor and 5 being awesome) on the quality of administrative support, the partner teacher and parental involvement.
In general what I have observed is that there really is no difference between charters and non-charters. The three things that determine school performance and quality are:
- The principal's dedication to the students, resourcefulness, courage and leadership abilities.
- Small class sizes
- Parental involvement (which is linked to point no.1)
In my interactions with researchers and funders I have seen a distinct bias towards charter schools which is not founded on hard data. On the other hand, I have also seen school administrators in non-charter schools be very hostile towards charter schools without basing their opinions on any credible evidence. I would like to change that! As we partner with more schools, I hope to populate the above Factual table with more data. As it is an editable table, you are invited to discuss any content.
In addition I hope the USN map will help users make more data-driven decisions about partner schools.