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ERIC Number: ED414638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 59
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87367-625-4
ISSN: N/A
Charter School Accountability: Findings and Prospects. Fastback 425.
Finn, Chester E. Jr.; Bierlein, Louann A.; Manno, Bruno V.
The creation of publicly financed but relatively independent public charter schools may be the most vibrant force in American education today. This fastback presents findings of a national study that examined the outcomes of charter schools. Data were collected through site visits to 43 charter schools in 7 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin); case studies conducted at 35 of the charter schools; and 700 interviews with individuals in those schools and communities. Data for 1996-97 show that one-half of charter-school students are members of minority groups. Founders of charter schools encountered several barriers to starting up, including: special-needs students, finance, time for planning, staffing, the unaccustomed features of being public schools, regulatory hurdles, and interest-group opposition. The booklet offers examples of accountability mechanisms in various states and findings of other studies. A dilemma for charter-school administrators is that sometimes a discrepancy exists between curriculum and state evaluation. Policymaking options for failing charter schools are also described. (LMI)
Phi Delta Kappa, 408 N. Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789; phone: 812-339-1156.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.