Eight of the nation’s highest-achieving charter schools are featured in the U.S. Department of Education’s new booklet “Innovations in Education: Successful Charter Schools,” which highlights promising practices in education. The department’s Office of Innovation and Improvement created the guide to share practical advice and concrete examples from eight charter schools, all of which are meeting state standards of accountability for all students as required by the No Child Left Behind Act. All of the featured schools have improved student achievement over the past three years, officials said. The guide is divided into two parts. The first section provides an overview of common elements of these schools, including organizational structure; leadership and mission; innovative curricula and programs; efforts to promote a community of continuous learning; partnerships with parents and the community; and accountability for results. The second section provides descriptions about each of the schools featured. The schools highlighted include Houston’s Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) Academy; the BASIS School in Tucson, Ariz.; Gates Charter Language School in Lake Forest, Calif.; Oglethorpe Charter School in Savannah, Ga.; Arts and Technology Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.; School of Arts and Sciences Charter School in Tallahassee, Fla.; Roxbury Preparatory Charter School in Roxbury, Mass.; and Community of Peace Charter School in St. Paul, Minn. The guide is the third in a series of six booklets on promising and innovative education practices to be released this year.

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