Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Cavalier, Meghan

Second Reader

Sue Howell; Erin Wanat


This literature review examines what characteristics make successful charter schools. Charter schools have been expanding throughout the United States for the last 20 years and this paper looks at the different factors that contribute to successful charter schools. This paper compares how low achieving students in urban environments perform in both public charter schools and traditional public schools. This paper explains the positive effect that comprehensive behavior policies, parent buy-in, teacher autonomy, teacher evaluations, leadership, tutoring, teacher feedback and high student expectations have on the overall success of the schools and students. This literature review also examines some of the negative components of charter schools and how to better serve all students.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis