Because every student deserves an excellent education.

Who are Washington’s charter public schools attracting and serving?

Per OSPI, Charter public schools do not have special eligibility or entrance requirements. They are built on the belief that every student should have the chance to go to a great school that puts their needs first, regardless of zip code, income, or ability level. If more students want to attend a specific charter school than there are spaces available, enrollment is determined by a random lottery.

Washington’s charters attract and serve higher percentages of systemically underserved students. They employ 3 times the percentage of teachers of color, as compared to the statewide average.

Statewide Average

Charter Average

  • Students Eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch
  • Students of Color
  • Students Receiving Special Education Services
  • English Language Learners
  • Teachers of Color

Promising results

A January 2019 study by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Educational Outcomes (CREDO) summarized the performance of Washington’s charter public schools as “promising but not yet definitive…given the limited years of data available.”

A follow-up Stanford study in 2020 showed significantly higher learning gains for English Language Learners attending Washington’s charter public schools, especially Hispanic English Language Learners, as compared to peers in traditional public schools statewide.

The 2019 Washington State Report Card also showed gains for charter public school students.

Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch outperformed their state and/or district peers in at least one subject area at seven of the eight charter public schools that administered statewide tests.

Every single charter school that has been operating for two or more years has shown typical to high growth for its students as compared to the state average for growth.

A study conducted by the Washington State Charter School Commission showed that on average, median rates of growth were higher at Commission-authorized charter public schools, as compared to the schools that students would have been assigned, based on their home address.

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