The Washington region is at the forefront of the national charter school movement. But after a decade of innovation and experimentation, it’s still difficult to evaluate local charters and compare them to traditional public schools. Do charters live up to the claims of their boosters? Our charter school series continues with a look at how we measure performance.


  • Thomas Nida Chairman of the D.C. Public Charter School Board; Executive Vice President at United Bank
  • Marsha Silverberg Acting Associate Commissioner of Knowledge Utilization, National Center for Education Evaluation at the Institute for Education Sciences.
  • Sam Chaltain National Director of the Forum for Education and Democracy, a DC-based education think tank. Author of American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).
  • Robert Cane Executive Director, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS)

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