Charter schools are public schools open to all California residents. They are accountable for clear, successful, measurable student outcomes and must comply with all state and federal mandates – including California’s Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, state API levels, and the federal “No Child Left Behind” program.
California’s charter schools were created in 1992 to provide expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities that are available within the public school system.
Their purpose is to:
- Improve student learning.
- Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods.
- Create new professional opportunities for teachers.
- Provide vigorous competition within the public school system to stimulate continual improvements in all public schools.
There are over 800 charter schools serving over 340,000 charter school students in California. For more information, please see the California Charter Schools Association website.