ERIC Number: ED409650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Charter Schools As Seen by Those Who Know Them Best: Students, Teachers, and Parents. Charter Schools in Action Project, Final Report--Part I.
Vanourek, Gregg; And Others
Although charter schools have provoked much interest, there has not been a systematic nationwide effort to ask the clients and teachers of charter schools what they think about them. During the 1996-97 school year, Hudson Institute's Charter Schools in Action Project gathered quantitative data that describe 50 charter schools enrolling approximately 16,000 students in 10 states. The data were gathered through a survey of 4,954 students (fifth grade and older) attending 39 schools; 2,978 parents of students attending 30 schools; and 521 teachers in 36 schools. Findings indicate that: (1) charter schools are havens for children who had bad educational experiences elsewhere; (2) charter schools are very popular with their primary constituents; (3) families and teachers are seeking out charter schools primarily for educational reasons; (4) satisfaction levels are highest for all three groups when it comes to educational matters; and (5) the teachers in charter schools feel empowered. Nineteen tables are included. (Contains 16 endnotes.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Parent Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction, Performance, School Choice, School Demography, Student Attitudes, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics
Hudson Institute, P.O. Box 26-919, Indianapolis, IN 46226.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hudson Inst., Indianapolis, IN.