One of the great questions of ongoing debate in the charter school movement is “What is a quality charter school?” or as others put it, “What is a high-quality charter school?”
Some people answer by asserting that a quality or a high-quality charter school is one that academically outperforms the traditional public school down the street or one that makes AYP. Others argue that quality is not only about student achievement status at a given point in time; it must also include student progress or growth over time.
Yet others argue that the definition of quality must include readiness for the next level of education or training, attendance, continuous enrollment, graduation rates and even truancy rates. Still others argue that quality must also include the rigor of the programs and courses, and, further, nontraditional measures about character development, arts performance, foreign language proficiency and even whether students are gaining in their hopes and aspirations.