ERIC Number: ED414638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
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)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Charter Schools, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Problems, Free Enterprise System, Government School Relationship, Outcomes of Education, Public Schools, School Organization, State Legislation, State Regulation
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
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.