Questions for Future Research

Charter Schools In Perspective

Questions for Future Research


Charter schools raise many research questions as they expand and change—not only about their impacts on students’ learning and achievement, but also about their teaching practices, financing, operations and labor relations, the policies that govern them, and their relationships with traditional public schools and communities.

Below, we pose a selection of the many important research questions that charter schools raise. Rather than trying to cover every potential question, we include those that researchers, educators, policymakers, journalists and other stakeholders have identified as most pressing. Answers to these questions have the potential to contribute productively to efforts to improve education for all students.

Student Achievement

Diversity and Inclusion

Teachers and Teaching

Innovation

Finances

Governance and Regulation

Charter School Operators

Families

Public Opinion