By Steve Thomas - 27/11/2012

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Understanding Charter Schools: Research Note #2

As a form of charter school, the Government’s pilot Partnership Schools, or Kura Hourua, will operate alongside regular state schools. The Government’s hope is that the presence of these Partnership Schools will have a positive impact not just on the pupils who will attend these schools, but also on neighbouring regular state schools and the wider state school system. In this second Research Note in our Understanding Charter Schools Series, Steve Thomas asks the question: what sort of impact might Partnership Schools have on regular state schools?

Read the Research Note here:
Understanding Charter Schools: What impacts can charter schools have on regular state schools?
Background Research Note: How to read research about charter schools’ impacts on pupils’ achievement

This Research Note seeks to present what evidence does exist about what the likely impacts of our own form of charter schools will be for regular state schools. It does so by examining what the best charter schools research has to say about the impact that the presence of some charter schools have had and are having on: 1) the performance of pupils in regular state schools; and 2) innovation in schools and in the school system in the United States, England and Sweden, where such schools have been operating for a period of years. The charter schools in these places are very similar to the Partnership Schools model that has been proposed for New Zealand, making evaluations of their successes and failures instructive here.

Read the other Research Notes in our Understanding Charter Schools Series:

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