Analyzing the Success of Arkansas’s Charter Schools – Unfulfilled Promises

A joint report by AACF, The Arkansas Public Policy Panel, and The Arkansas Education Association. An analysis of Arkansas benchmark test scores from the 2008‐09 academic year shows that open enrollment charter schools score better than their peer public schools on standardized tests, but that this success is driven by the distinct demographic characteristics of the charters rather than being attributable to any advantage of educational strategy.