ERIC Number: ED408665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Colorado Charter Schools Evaluation.
Colorado Univ., Denver.
The Colorado Charter Schools Act requires the State Board of Education to compile the evaluations of charter schools received from local boards of education and to review information regarding waivers from state regulations and statutes. This document is a response to the mandate. The study focused on the 14 schools that had been operating for at least 1 year as of April 1996 and that had filed at least 1 annual school-improvement plan. The evaluation was based on the student-achievement data used by the charter schools. Data were gathered through a review of documents and a questionnaire of charter-school directors. Diversity in the charter schools' performance goals, assessment tools, and financial data prevented comparison of the performance of charter-school students with that of students in public schools. The study therefore looked at whether charter schools had set explicit criteria for the evaluation of student achievement and whether the schools had collected data to make their judgments accordingly. The report identifies the characteristics of Colorado charter schools and their students. Findings show that all 14 charter schools had set performance goals; 6 provided data that showed they had met or exceeded a significant portion of their goals; 5 met some of their goals; and 3 did not provide enough data. All but one depended heavily on district funding. On average, the charter schools spent 82.5 percent of their budgets on student-specific expenditures. Finally, charter schools had used the state waiver provision extensively. A total of 15 tables are included. Appendices contain a sample individual school-data matrix and a sample questionnaire. (LMI)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado