The Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office supports and facilitates research-based inquiry within the portfolio of GVSU’s charter public schools to gain a deeper understanding about them.  Evidence from the research is used to further oversight and support for the 34,000+ students enrolled in GVSU charter public schools.


Examining Teacher Perception of School Working Conditions: Analysis of GVSU School Operations Survey (February 2021)
Using teacher survey data across K-12 schools authorized by Grand Valley State University (GVSU), this research brief examines teachers’ perceptions of school working conditions. Read the operations analysis

Analysis of Continuity of Learning Plans (April 2020)
An independent review of the Continuity of Learning Plans (CLP) all GVSU charter public schools submitted detailing how the portfolio transitioned to distance learning during school closures related to COVID-19. Read the CLP report


Teaching Among COVID-19 School Closures: Key Findings from the Spring 2020 GVSU Educator Survey (October 2020) 
Using teacher survey data across K-12 schools authorized by Grand Valley State University, this study examines teachers’ perceptions of schools’ implementation of continuity of learning plans during COVID-19 school closures. Learn about the key findings

Projects and Papers

Analysis of Teacher Educational Institute and Student Growth
We wanted to know if student success in the GVSU CSO portfolio was affected by where a teacher received his or her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Read white paper

Overview of Policy Efforts to Improve Education in Detroit
A lot has happened with Detroit education in the past 25 years. We took a brief look at how the current landscape was created. Read overview