Realizing Deeper Learning in Innovative Chartered Schools

Mailing Date: 
August 21, 2012

We want to share with you an important piece of research on chartered schools conducted by longtime Minnesota superintendent Dr. Charles Kyte. The research was conducted with the support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

"Realizing Deeper Learning: The Economics and Achievements of the Innovative Chartered School Model" examines two innovative chartered schools in Minnesota which have expanded definitions of achievement and improved student outcomes without increased costs.

The Hewlett Foundation has a growing interest in broader dimensions of academic performance and in “deeper learning” – dimensions of student achievement that go beyond the knowledge and skills measured by standardized tests. The foundation wanted to know, Does “deeper learning” come at a higher price?

Both of the schools studied in this report are organized as "teacher partnerships." Under this model, each staff member has equal authority in the decision-making process and is responsible for part of the school’s operation.

Education Evolving and its associates have been involved in legislation and policy related to chartered schools and education innovation for the past two decades. In the next few months, Education Evolving will release additional studies on innovation in education. Stay tuned.

If you have questions or comments related to “Realizing Deeper Learning,” please contact me at 651-212-5128 or We’re interested to hear from you.

Ted Kolderie

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