ERIC Number: ED407460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Charter School of San Diego, 1994-95. Assessment, Research, and Reporting Team Report No. 713.
Fass-Holmes, Barry; And Others
The Charter School of San Diego (California) began operations in the 1994-95 school year. Its program and facilities previously operated as one of the city's alternative education programs designed to provide individualized support for holistic engagement of students, many of whom enrolled because of difficulties at comprehensive schools. The program of the present Charter School is oriented toward helping students become self-motivated, lifelong learners. The school district's Evaluation Unit performed a study of the Charter School that evaluated student academic performance, citizenship, and attitudes. The Charter School's charter states that it intends to outperform the school district. It was not possible to compare the Charter School to the district with respect to graduations, grades in elective courses, core credits efficiency ratio, and elective credits efficiency ratio. In marks on core courses, suspension rate, and expulsions, the Charter School did meet its objectives. It must be noted that the Charter School prohibits academic marks below "C," so results must be interpreted with caution. Although the Charter School did not meet its objective for attendance, results were encouraging. Students and their parents perceived the school as helpful to students in terms of academic and general needs, but not in terms of health or parenting needs. In the first school year, 43 students obtained a diploma from the Charter School, while 5 earned a General Education Development certificate, and 5 passed the California High School Proficiency Examination. Three appendixes include student and parent survey data and the teacher interview sheet. (Contains 2 figures and 17 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego City Schools, CA. Planning, Assessment, and Accountability Div.