Survey of America's Charter Schools

Since 1996, the Center for Education Reform has surveyed the nation’s charter schools in what has become the most reliable and detailed view of the environment and conditions in which these independent public schools operate. Back then, we surveyed the roughly 500 schools that were in operation in the 16 states and the District of Columbia that had charter school laws. In 2012, we surveyed 5,300 operational charter schools now hailing from 42 states and the District that allow for the creation of charters. What is clear over the course of the 17 years of this particular analysis is that while charter school growth has been steady, averaging 340 new schools per year, it has not kept pace to meet the demand of students and families desperate for quality educational choices.